A cache of drugs, weapons, jewels and cash was discovered inside an unassuming safety deposit enterprise tucked in a Beverly Hills strip mall, in response to a federal indictment unsealed this week.
The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration raided U.S. Non-public Vaults, Inc. — a storefront positioned between a nail salon and a spa — on March 22 and located an undisclosed number of weapons, fentanyl, OxyContin and “big stacks of $100 payments” with the help of drug canine, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
In a single deposit discipline, brokers found $1 million in cash, in accordance with the March 9 indictment made public on Friday, as a federal grand jury charged U.S. Non-public Vaults with three counts of conspiracy.
Non-public Vaults shared its space with a jeweler known as Gold Enterprise, officers said.
Prosecutors allege the businesses marketed their suppliers to criminals and helped prospects launder cash by altering cash to gold, amongst totally different means, along with serving to buyers distribute treatment.
Benjamin Gluck, a lawyer for one vault purchaser, claimed the federal authorities is holding his shopper’s property “hostage” so as to strain him to reveal his identification.
The US Legal professional’s workplace said U.S. Non-public Vaults had some prospects who’re “reliable residents to whom the federal authorities must return their property.
“However the majority of the field holders are criminals who used USPV’s anonymity to cover their ill-gotten wealth,” Assistant U.S. Legal professional Andrew Brown wrote in courtroom docket papers.