20 accused of green card scam
Twenty people were indicted by federal authorities over a scheme in which foreigners used sham marriages to obtain green cards to further a drug-dealing operation, officials said.
The 19-count grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges crimes related to distribution of Ecstasy, marijuana cultivation and a scam in which foreign nationals paid tens of thousands of dollars to marry American women and obtain permanent U.S. residency.
The investigation targeted members and associates of a San Gabriel Valley-based gang called the Red Door, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. About 18 members of the gang were arrested Wednesday, and agents are searching for two others.
During the two-year investigation, authorities seized seven firearms, more than 12,500 Ecstasy pills, 2,230 marijuana plants and a Lamborghini.