Sacto 9-1-1
April 27, 2012
Sacramento man sentenced in multistate drug conspiracy

A Sacramento man is headed to prison for his role in a multistate drug conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. today sentenced Son Nguyen, 41, in federal court in Sacramento to 15 years and 8 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine and MDMA, or Ecstasy.

Nguyen was one of 51 defendants charged in nine related indictments stemming from a 13-month federal investigation with connections to six states -- Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, Georgia and California. Drug seizures occurred in California, Alaska, Illinois and Georgia, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Nguyen worked closely with the leader of one of the four drug rings that federal and state investigators dismantled in August 2008. Nguyen's operation sold methamphetamine and Ecstasy in California, and shipped methamphetamine to Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, officials said.

As a result of the investigation, officers seized more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 15 firearms and six marijuana grow houses, containing approximately 300 to 1,300 plants per house, according to the news release. They also seized 13,000 Ecstasy pills and a methamphetamine lab capable of producing 10 to 20 pounds of methamphetamine every 24 to 48 hours. Some defendants also are charged with possessing 36 pounds of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Investigators seized approximately $890,000 in criminal assets over the course of the investigation, officials said.

The case resulted from an investigation by numerous agencies including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, California Department of Justice, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Sacramento Police Department, Folsom Police Department, Nevada County Sheriff's Department, Yuba/Sutter County Narcotics Enforcement Team and Placer County Sheriff's Department.

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