OAKLAND — A man who was indicted — along with his wife — for allegedly running a marijuana trafficking ring that shipped hundreds of pounds of California-grown pot to Louisiana may be facing new charges as early as this week.
With a week, a federal grand jury is expected to return a superseding indictment with new charges against Marcus Etienne, 36, and his wife Elizabeth Gobert, court records show. In February, Etienne — who authorities claim went by the alias “Hitler” — and Gobert were indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, but federal attorneys wrote in a memo that Etienne is suspected of having two people killed and, “the government does not believe that he is finished.”
Court documents say federal prosecutors have considered adding new charges against the couple as early as May, but don’t specify what charges might be filed. But a memo in support of keeping Etienne detained accuse him of calling an acquaintance from jail and and directing the man — an uncharged co-conspirator — to break into Etienne’s home and retrieve a shoebox. The home was reported burglarized soon after.
Charging documents against Etienne — filed in December — say he is being investigated in the March 2016 shooting death of Trince Thibodeaux, 28, in Oakland, as well as Rodney Savoy, who was shot and killed months later in Etienne’s hometown in Louisiana Authorities say Savoy had told federal investigators he believed Etienne had ordered someone to kill…
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