A prominent California cannabis investor and two associates have been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder a business partner. Salam Razuki, Sylvia Gonzales, and Elizabeth Juarez were arrested by federal agents earlier this month and conspiracy charges were filed against the defendants on Nov. 19, according to a release from federal prosecutors.

According to a complaint obtained by the Voice of San Diego, Razuki and Gonzales met with a confidential informant working with the FBI at a San Diego restaurant and asked the informant to kill a business associate identified by federal prosecutors only as N.M. The Voice of San Diego has reported that N.M. is Ninus Malan. Razuki and Malan are involved in civil litigation over the ownership of several San Diego legal cannabis businesses, including a dispensary.

At the meeting, Razuki and Gonzalez said they wanted the informant to “shoot him in the face,” or “to take him to Mexico and have him whacked” because of the civil suit, according to the release.

At a second meeting, Razuki and Gonzalez reiterated their desire that the informant kill Malan.

“You need to get rid of this asshole, he’s costing me too much money,” Gonzales said.

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