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Part Three: Guns, Drugs and Hitmen
As Agents 73 and 80 continued to toy with Yee, Agent 99 was cementing his position in the CKT hierarchy. By March of 2012, 99 had proved so valuable to the organization that he was inducted as an official "Consultant" at an annual event. Gangsters called him family and told him that their "black ops" teams were at his disposal. One offered him a "clean," gun, assuring 99 that he could get him one without "four or five bodies on it."
But there was another man inducted as a "Consultant" that night: Keith Jackson.
Over the next several months, Agent 99 made a concerted effort to get closer to Jackson. In August of that year, Jackson claimed that his son Brandon was moving 300 pounds of marijuana to Memphis every month and making $50,000 a week. When Jackson mentioned that his son was looking to get into Oxycotin and Hydrocodone, 99 claimed he had a source. The next month, 99 discussed drug trafficking with the Jacksons and their partner Sullivan. They asked Agent 99 to help them with transport, and tried to enlist him as a mentor-slash-cocaine supplier. The agent declined, but just like when he was soliciting donations, Keith Jackson bugged him for a year and a half.
It was around this time that Agent 99 began to probe Jackson about Yee exerting influence to remove Raymond Chow's tracking device. Jackson promised to set up a meeting, but it didn't go anywhere for months. Chow, when informed of the plan, thought Yee would be too scared to talk to Agent 99 and suggested Yee wasn't trustworthy.
"He wants to help," said Jackson, explaining in a phone call why Yee couldn't touch the issue. "Leland, uh, he tries to be so conservative sometimes."
The proclamation from Yee's office was considered a good middle ground - a nice gesture, but not politically dangerous. A member of Yee's staff presented it at a dinner honoring the CKT's 165th anniversary. The event must've been surreal. The guests talked money laundering and drug shipments. Chow's chosen hitman, a man named Li who'd been burned while committing arson, discussed his favorite murder techniques.
Agent 99 gave Jackson the $5,000 check as payment a few weeks later. They talked weapons deals. The next month Agent 99 met the Jacksons twice - on June 24th and 25th - to purchase firearms. On the 24th he bought three guns from the former school board president and shot the breeze about cocaine. On the 25th, Keith Jackson sold the agent an arsenal: a .22 caliber Ruger carbine; a Cobray machinegun pistol; a Mossberg Maverick pump-style shotgun; a Smith and Wesson Model 59 pistol; a Colt MK IV series 80 handgun; a 7.62mm Clayco Sports AKS rifle; 38 rounds of ammunition and two ballistic vests - one of which had been stolen from the FBI. He bought a half-dozen other guns from them too, many of them assault weapons illegal in California.
Intrigued about their source, Agent 99 asked to meet with their gun dealer, Rinn Roeun. Believing 99's story that he was outfitting guards to protect a marijuana grow in Mendocino, Roeun offered mines, hand grenades and C-4, as well as his services as a contract killer. Agent 99 described a fictitious target and asked how much Roeun charged. He said $10,000 and described what he'd need: a picture of the target, his address, whether the house had alarms and how many people would be home.
The next day, Roeun called to get the assignment. 99 told him that he'd had a change of heart and gave the target a chance to redeem himself. That was the first of three contract killers that Jackson introduced Agent 99 to. With one, the agent went so far as to have him scope out a fake victim before calling it off.
It was about this time that Jackson, seeing Agent 99's interest in weapons, decided to drop the other shoe: Uncle Leland, he said, knew an international arms dealer.
He'd probably set up a meeting in exchange for a donation.