- A pair of Virginia drug dealers were caught dropping off pounds of weed in broad daylight.
- The men ran an Instagram and Telegram page for their weed business titled, “Gas Bagg.”
- Dealers hid quarter pound bags of weed for customers around Richmond, Virginia, until feds caught on.
A pair of drug dealers in Virginia ran a scavenger’s weed business in broad daylight until federal agents caught on and stumbled on over 300 pounds of weed.
According to court documents first reported by the newsletter CourtWatch, a Richmond, Virginia, weed dealer put up posters last spring, announcing a “Snatch n Grabbb,” event. Using the Instagram account “gasbaggkhak,” Richmond residents Marlin Jones and Khaliq Hall ran a business operation dropping quarter-pound bags of weed around town for customers to find as a prize until the product ended up in the hands of the feds, federal agents alleged in an affidavit.
Hall was hit with a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute over 50 kilograms of marijuana, according to court records. No plea has been entered and attorney information was not immediately available. Marlin, while named in the affidavit, has not been charged.
In a February 8, 2023, probable cause document, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco, alleged that the operation was run openly through Hall’s Instagram page. Hall’s page included a link to the encrypted messaging app Telegram, per the court document, where he interfaced with customers on a thread called “Gas Bagg.”
“Text with your name & send a pic of you holding your ID to get locked in,” the instructions in the thread said, per the court documents. Customers were offered different quantities at prices Hall claimed were below market rates, including a pound of weed for $2,400.
He added that for the “Snatch n Grabbb,” he’d drop bags of weed off in a random location for customers to retrieve, according to the court documents.
In March 2022, federal agents observed one of the drop-offs and confiscated the marijuana after Hall and his associates left the area.
According to the filing, Hall had a registered LLC titled “Gas Bagg LLC,” which he used on his lease application, and told customers that he would be willing to ship weed out of state — a move which put him even more on the radar.
Gas Bagg LLC did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
In January 2022, Jones and an associate were stopped at the Dulles International airport in Dulles, Virginia, arriving from Los Angeles with 50 pounds of vacuum-sealed weed in a duffel bag, per the documents. A month later, Jones was stopped in Richmond, Virginia, with an associate, and the two of them had more than $30,000 in cash on them, per the affidavit.
Months later, in July 2022, according to the documents, Hall’s apartment was searched, where officers found 300 pounds of weed and smaller amounts of cocaine, oxycodone, psychedelic mushrooms, and several guns.