Former Humboldt County Man Arrested for Allegedly Hiring Hitman to Kill Cousin’s Wife Over Marijuana Business
A former Southern Humboldt man, Brad Lanese, has been arrested and charged with attempting to hire a man to murder a Shelter Cove woman, his cousin’s wife. He allegedly engaged a DEA operative to be the hitman.
This led to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) serving a warrant on the property of Lanese’s cousin and the cousin’s wife in Shelter Cove on December 7.
The DEA operative that Brad Lanese believed was a “skilled mercenary” and hitman named Deeds made a statement on December 4 to the court. In part it said,
[Brad] LANESE previously owned and operated a large marijuana grow operation with his cousin C.B., in Northern California. L.D. is the wife of C.B. … was making substantial sums of money as a result of the grow operation.
However, LANESE soon began having difficulties with L.D. As a result of these difficulties, LANESE was asked to leave the property. [His cousin] gave LANESE $29,000 to leave the grow operation.
Back in Pittsburgh, PA, LANESE quickly spent the $29,000 and the large amount of other cash profits he made from the grow operation.
LANESE became disgruntled that he had exhausted his profits from the operation and that C.B. and L.D. were still making large amounts of money without him. LANESE blamed L.D. for his separation from the grow operation and the profits associated from it. This animus caused LANESE to develop a plan to rob the grow operation and those involved in it, including L.D., C.B., and even his own son…,another worker at the grow operation…
In an effort to case the grow operation, Brad Lanese then allegedly brought another person, a confidential source who was working with the DEA to his cousin’s grow in Humboldt County. There, the confidential source purportedly purchased approximately six pounds of marijuana and mailed it to an address in Pittsburgh where it was intercepted as evidence.
According to Deeds, Brad Lanese then proposed to the confidential informant that his cousin’s wife should be murdered and that Deeds be the one to commit the murder.
At one point the Confidential Source allegedly recorded Brad Lanese saying about his cousin’s wife, “I kid you not, every single fucking day for four years, I’ve fucking plotted how I am going to get this person back.”
Deeds told the court that
LANESE then wanted “Deeds” to wait on the side of the road and pretend that his vehicle was disabled. When L.D. stopped to help “Deeds”, LANESE then wanted “Deeds” to forcibly inject L.D. with heroin laced with fentanyl and push [her] car over a cliff to make it look like a fatal overdose. LANESE stated that once L.D. was dead, [his cousin] would invite him (LANESE) back to the grow operation. LANESE told “Deeds” that he would then be able to pay him once he was back working on the grow operation and that money would not be an issue.
Lanese faces charges that could result in 10 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine. Today, following his Preliminary Hearing, Judge Maureen P. Kelly found probable cause exists that he had committed the offense that he was charged with. Legal proceedings will continue in the case.
Earlier Chapter: Shelter Cove Raid by Federal Officers