Manish Patel (33), an Indian Attorney licensed in New Jersey and New York, was charged with Marijuana offenses Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Granite Bay, CA by U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.
Charges Against Manish Patel
Indian Attorney Manish Patel faces dual charges of:
- Conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants
- Conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute tetrahydrocannabinols contained in hashish oil
According to the court documents & criminal complaint:
Patel is a licensed attorney in New Jersey (admitted in 2015) and New York (admitted in 2017).
…Patel conspired to transport marijuana and concentrated cannabis oil across the country using his private airplane, a Learjet. In May and June 2019, law enforcement in California executed search warrants that resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,400 pounds of marijuana contraband and $400,000 in cash.
One of the locations searched was a warehouse being used as a concentrated cannabis manufacturing laboratory, from which detectives seized over 980 pounds of processed marijuana and 88.27 pounds of concentrated cannabis. A second location searched was a Granite Bay mansion rented by Patel that contained processed marijuana, items commonly used to manufacture concentrated cannabis, and over $400,000 cash. In August 2018, the DEA interdicted Patel and several associates at an executive airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico and seized $80,000 in cash. When investigators searched the Learjet in June 2019, it contained 181.51 pounds of dried marijuana and 18.41 pounds of concentrated cannabis. The flight plan for the Learjet showed that it was scheduled to fly to Colorado, then Illinois, and then New Jersey.
If convicted, Manish Patel faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison.
The actual sentence would however be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Manish Patel must be presumed innocent until and unless a court finds him guilty.