Feds attempt to take million dollar home of alleged Stockton drug lord

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STOCKTON, CA - An alleged drug lord in Stockton is on the run after authorities raided his home and confiscated a cache of drugs.

Federal authorities said James Sherman ran the Stockton drug scene from his home off Ramsey Avenue on the east side of the city.

His next door neighbors suspected Sherman was up to no good.

"He kept to himself. He never bothered us. But we saw some people coming in and out and they definitely looked sketchy," neighbor Yoran Coss said. "Cars were coming in and out of the house all of the time, all hours of the night."

In June, agents raided Sherman's home and found 190 grams of heroine, 77 pot plants, 22 pounds of processed pot, digital scales and packaging materials.

Sherman, however, was nowhere to be found.

One real estate site lists Sherman's 12.5 acre property home at $1.8 million. He might not get a penny for it since federal officials said his home was used for drug trafficking; he could actually lose it to the government. The home is also now the subject of a federal forfeiture.

According to federal documents, authorities were able to connect Sherman to Lindsey Mills, a Stockton man cops said is also a dealer.

Sherman was apparently already on the DEA's radar since 2011.

In March of 2012, confidential DEA informants started buying drugs from Mills. Officials said Mills identified his source as the "the biggest OG of Stockton," or original gangster. Mills said he lived on a large ranch east of town, and "has got the town sewed up," meaning everyone was dealing with his source.

Authorities arrested Mills on June 15, but he was at his Shady Forest Way home Friday evening. He refused to answer any questions from News10.

Federal officials said Sherman was convicted in 1996 for drugs and was sentenced to three years behind bars.

Mills also has a rap sheet that includes misdemeanor convictions for drugs and domestic violence.

News10/KXTV

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