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JuicyFields – the Largest Investment Fraud in the Cannabis Industry

The JuicyFields case is a warning to investors around the world, illustrating the risks associated with attractive but unverified investment offers. Thanks to international cooperation, it was possible to expose and stop one of the largest financial pyramid schemes in recent years. This case highlights the importance of constant investment vigilance and education.




JuicyFields has introduced itself as an innovative crowdsourcing platform that offers a unique opportunity to invest in the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.

The assumption was simple: investors, called “e-growers”, by paying a minimum amount of 50 euros, had the opportunity to become co-owners of hemp plants and derive financial benefits from their sale on the drug market. Moreover, the platform was encouraging, promising up to 100% annual return on investment, which made the offer seem extremely attractive.

In fact, as police discovered, JuicyFields had no actual cultivation operations. Instead, a complicated pyramid structure was built in which funds obtained from new investors were used to finance payments to previous participants. This structure is unsustainable and doomed to an eventual collapse, which has threatened the financial stability of thousands of people.

The platform used clever marketing strategies, including advertising on social media and popular websites, to attract investors from around the world. It was claimed that the investments were secured by real crops and genuine contracts with medical marijuana distributors, but this was never the case.

The impact and scale of the JuicyFields scam

Digging further into the scale of the scam, it turned out that JuicyFields may have misled approximately 550,000 people around the world. Of this number, 186,000 chose to transfer funds to the scheme, which netted the fraudsters huge amounts of money. The total losses suffered by investors are estimated at approximately 645 million euros, but this figure may be significantly underestimated because many people may not have reported their losses, either unaware of the fraud or for fear of legal and social consequences.

The dramatic impact of fraud was not limited to direct lost investments. Many people lost their life savings, which had far-reaching consequences, including loss of financial stability, mental health and confidence in legitimate investments. The fraud received wide media coverage, raising public awareness of the risks associated with online investing and the need for more stringent regulation of this type of activity.

Digging further into the scale of the scam, it turned out that JuicyFields may have misled approximately 550,000 people around the world. Source

The course of the investigation and international coordination

The investigation into JuicyFields began when numerous reports from injured investors began to flow to law enforcement agencies in various European countries. In response to the growing scale of the fraud, Europol took the initiative to coordinate international activities to investigate and solve the case. As part of this coordination, an international investigation team was established, led by experienced units from the German and Spanish police, with the support of Eurojust and cooperation with agencies from other Member States.

A key element of the investigation was the collection and analysis of large amounts of digital data, which allowed the identification of key people involved in the scheme and their methods of operation. The work of digital detectives, financial analyzes and tracing transaction paths allowed us to precisely set operational goals and plan international repressive actions.

Arrests and asset security

On April 11th, 2024, as part of a large-scale international operation, coordinated arrests of 9 suspects were carried out. At the same time, 38 searches of homes and offices in 11 countries were carried out, which was evidence of the enormous scale and complexity of the operation.

During these activities, assets worth over 8 million euros were seized, including cash, cryptocurrencies, real estate, luxury vehicles and works of art. These safeguards were intended not only to limit the ability of fraudsters to continue operating, but also to recover assets that could be used to compensate injured investors.

Market implications and future directions

The JuicyFields scam has sparked a wide debate on the regulation of the cannabis market, especially in the context of investing in its medical use.

The scandal exposed a gap in regulatory oversight and investment education, forcing policymakers to rethink how to better protect investors from similar risky schemes. We may see more stringent regulations on advertising and conducting investment activities in this sector in the future, which may include greater transparency and reporting requirements.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.