Radical anti-Second Amendment Democratic State Senator Leland Yee, has been indicted on charges of conspiring in trafficking firearms and public corruption, after an FBI operation throughout the Bay Area. This is yet another sign of corruption in the Democratic element in the Legislature. The charges have thwarted any ambitions by Yee for statewide office. Many of our followers, including the Civil Rights attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC have pointed out that technically, Lee is still a fugitive from justice in Hawaii, from when he skipped bail and returned to California, on charges of shoplifting, and apparently was able to scrub his arrest and booking photos off the internet with the help of his friends in the left wing news media.
The First Yee Arrest In Hawaii that Was Buried By the Liberal News Media
Just as we were sending investigators to Hawaii to track down those arrest pictures for this blog, Lee was finally charged with something that suits his character. His first arrest springs forth from a trip to Hawaii. Yee jumped on a plane, and Hawaii democrat controlled courts said they would not extradite him. (See source.) In this latest misadventure, is alleged that Yee met repeatedly with an undercover FBI agent and from their first face-to-face meeting in January, he said he has known the arms dealers for numerous years. The senator said he had developed a close relationship with the arms dealers and told the agent they have things you want, according to an FBI affidavit.
Allegedly, Senator Yee solicited campaign contributions in exchange for arranging a deal with international arms dealers. Other arrests involved in the case occurred Wednesday morning when Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was arrested. Chow was charged with various charges, including drug crimes and racketeering. The gangster, Yee and 26 other individuals of early morning raids appeared in San Francisco federal court on Wednesday, who were named in a 137 page criminal complaint. Chow, the senator and other individuals were charged with a plethora of crimes, which included money laundering, firearms trafficking, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, honest services fraud and murder for hire charges.
The charges Yee is facing include conspiracy to traffic firearms without a license, illegally import firearms and six counts of scheming to defraud citizens of honest services. The gun trafficking charge is punishable up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The corruption charges Yee is facing are punishable with up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 dollars for each count. The charges are in contrast to the stand Yee has taken in the State Senate, being an outspoken advocate for gun control and good government initiatives.
According to federal prosecutors, Keith Jackson a San Francisco political consultant and former school board president was the alleged link between Senator Yee and Chow, who prosecutors are claiming is the current leader or Dragonhead of the San Francisco Ghee Kung Tong organization (pronounced Chee Kung Tong). Jackson met an undercover agent that infiltrated Chow’s organization and was introduced by Chow to Jackson, his son Brandon and Marlon Sullivan. It is alleged they sold the agent guns and bulletproof vests and that both Jackson and Sullivan allegedly conspired in a murder for hire plot at the request of the undercover agent. The men are charged with other crimes including the purchase of cocaine and sales of stolen credit cards.
Last August Jackson told one of the undercover agents that Yee was connected with an international arms dealer, who was shipping large amounts of weapons to a foreign country, the FBI affidavit stated. In later meetings in August and in December, Yee and Jackson agreed to set up an arms deal. The agent gave Jackson cash in the amount of $1,000 and then later gave him a check for $5,000 dollars that was from a phony company to Yee’s campaign.
On January 22nd Yee and Jackson met with undercover agents in a San Francisco coffee shop, where according to the affidavit, Yee said the arms dealer stays off the radar and has trafficked weapons for a long time. The firearms the dealer was obtaining from Russia, Yee said. The affidavit states that the senator said the arms dealer will rely on him, since it would be him dealing with the person and he said the dealer knew what he could do and he had the relationships. Yee then stated the arms dealer was very careful and told the agent the arms dealer had contacts in Boston, Southern California, Russia and the Ukraine. The agent then asked the senator for a commitment and Yee’s comment to the agent was to ask if they could make some money and said he thought they could make some.
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He then confirmed they would be able to get the weapons. Jackson and Yee were told by the undercover agent that he wanted to obtain any kind of firearms that were shoulder fired weapons or missiles, the affidavit states. When asked by Yee if the agent wanted automatic weapons, the agent confirmed that he did want them in a dollar amount of between $500,000 and $2.5 million. The agent said that he would pay $100,000 for the first arms deal and hundreds of thousands over time. Yee said that he felt their relationship was extremely beneficial and said he wanted Jackson and the agent to make all of the money, because he did not want to go to jail the affidavit stated.
The next meeting occurred on February 25th after Yee had become nervous about the federal indictment of another senator, Sen. Ronald Calderon, who he shared a desk with on the Senate floor. He believed this was due to involving too many people in illegal activities. The FBI agent pushed Yee, who then suggested that they start with small deals with the arms dealer, with Yee acting as a go between. At one point the affidavit states Yee said he told the agent he was unhappy with his life and wanted to be more like him, just a free agent. He told the agent he wanted to hide in the Philippines.
Another meeting took place on March 5th, where Yee discussed a new potential arms dealer, whose name was Wilson Lim. During this meeting the agent said his family in New Jersey wanted to support Yee in his bid for Secretary of State. Yee then stated he could assist the agent for 10 months or for 8 years and said he thought 8 years sounded much better. Yee talked about specific locations that would be good for moving firearms in Florida and the Philippines, adding this would also include guns like automatic M-16 type of rifles.
March 11th, Yee, Jackson, Lim and the undercover agent in which Yee said the arms deal would not be completed until after the election. He told the men that once the campaign got going, it could attract attention and they would need to be very cautious. The men met again on March 14th to discuss the division of the money of the agent’s to appear to be legitimate campaign donations. In this meeting the agent said he would give Yee $6,800 in cash, along with a list of weapons. Yee said that he would take the cash and have one of his children write out a check.
From 2011 till their indictment Yee and Jackson are alleged to have solicited donations from undercover FBI agents in trade for official acts and conspired in trafficking firearms, according to the affidavit. In May 2011, Jackson is alleged to have solicited an FBI agent to donate to Yee’s mayoral campaign and he requested the agent to donate over $500 in individual donation limits. The agent refused and introduced both Yee and Jackson to a business associate, who was another undercover FBI agent. The men asked this agent for at least $5,000 dollars.
The mayoral election was lost by Yee and left him $70,000 in debt, after which Yee and Jackson agreed to contact the California Department of Public Health manager in support of a contract under consideration, with a second undercover agent’s client. An official letter of support would be provided for the client in exchange for a campaign donation of $10,000 dollars. Yee is alleged to have called on October 18, 2012. November 19, 2012, Jackson allegedly accepted $10,000 dollars in cash as a donation. The letter was provided about January 13, 2013.
Arrest and search warrants were served by FBI agents and the local police in the Bay Area, San Francisco, San Mateo and at Yee’s Capitol office in Sacramento. FBI Special Agent Michael Gimbel would only say that search warrants have been executed in numerous locations in the Bay Area. In connection with Chow’s arrest one of the searches was conducted in the office of the Ghee Kung Tong Free Masons in Chinatown in San Francisco. An outside building in a Chinatown alley on Spotfford Street, between Clay Street and Washington Street was searched. According to neighbors Wednesday morning San Francisco firefighters took a heavy rotary saw into the building and they believe there may be a safe inside the building. At approximately 12:30 p.m. federal agents brought at least 10 boxes out of documents and several bags out of the building and left shortly after.
The Bay Area leader of a Honk Kong based criminal syndicate, the Wo Hop To has been looked for by federal law enforcement officials for decades. Chow has a criminal record dating back to 1978 that includes federal racketeering indictments, gun trafficking, alleged attempted murder, murder for hire and other crimes. The judge ordered Chow to be held without bail and Yee had not yet appeared in front of the judge. Government attorneys claimed Chow was a flight risk, while his attorneys objected claiming he has been dealing with immigration authorities to be able to remain in the United States.
Senator Yee represents San Francisco and a portion of San Mateo County, as the first Chinese American to be elected to the State Senate in 2006. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Yee was an assemblyman from 2002 through 2006, a San Francisco supervisor from 1997 to 2002 and a president and member of the San Francisco Unified School District board. During his time as an assemblyman Yee was the first Asian American to be named Speaker pro Tempore, which made him the chambers second most powerful Democrat.
Yee’s campaign spokesman Joaquin Ross has not made a comment on the senator’s indictment and State Senate President Pro Tem Democrat Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento in a press conference called for Yee to leave the senate immediately. University of San Francisco Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, director Corey Cook said that he is astonished at the allegations against the men and no one expected the indictments.
This case reminds us all of why Sir William Blackstone proclaimed that only men who knew the law and meant to keep it well should be allowed to be public servants. But when his willing accomplices in the democratic party establishment (eg, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, etc.), cover up or buried his first arrest in HI, it is not far fetched to believe that they laid the groundwork for more crimes to be committed by the their friend. Yep, we called it, the major press and their communist, progressive buddies are 100% responsible for their “ends justifies the means” strategy. They have lost all credibility.