Alleged marijuana mailers to face charges
CHULA VISTA (CNS) – Three Pacific Beach men were in custody Friday on
suspicion of using the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of
marijuana to various states and receiving packages containing tens of thousands
of dollars in cash in return, Chula Vista police said.
Kyle Gillen, 25, Chris Gillen, 26, and Matthew Schneider, 28, were taken
into custody at their homes Wednesday on suspicion of money laundering and
marijuana sales, according to CVPD Lt. Lon Turner. Their arrests climaxed a
yearlong investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance's Team ONE, which includes Chula Vista police.
“The investigation centered on several San Diego residents who used
mail service to ship multi-pound quantities of marijuana to New Jersey, Texas,
Florida, Wisconsin, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts,”
Turner said in a statement. “The group also used the mail to receive shipments
of bulk currency to fund ongoing operations.”
Turner estimated that the group shipped 15 to 20 pounds of marijuana per
week and received $20,000 to $30,000 per week. It was not immediately clear
how long the alleged crimes went on before the yearlong investigation began.
Also on Wednesday, authorities served search warrants on a warehouse at
3801 Gaines St. in San Diego and the men's residences in the 4900 block of La
Jolla Boulevard in Pacific Beach. A shotgun, a handgun, an SKS rifle, a bullet-
resistant vest, $10,000 in cash and $500,000 in assets, including precious
metals and financial accounts, were seized from the residences, and about 300
marijuana plants were seized from the warehouse, Turner said.
The Gillens and Schneider could be arraigned as early as this afternoon,
according to jail records.