Thursday, March 7, 2024

Southern California resident is "the first person ever to be charged with smuggling banned greenhouse gases into the country"


[He] bought banned hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in Tijuana, Mexico, and snuck them into the U.S. . . .

He resold the illegal compounds, which are used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems, for a profit on websites including OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace.


According to the indictment, [his] purchases were enabled by a network of co-conspirators in Mexico. He had buyers in California, telling one that he was able to bring in 15 to 20 tanks of prohibited refrigerants a week