San Jose Residents Arrested, 50k In Ecstasy Seized
FEB 1 -- (SAN JOSE, CA) – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, and United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that a federal grand jury has indicted Lien Thi LE, 38, Tiana LA, 41 and Phuong Nhat-Tuan LE, 21, all of San Jose, for conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and possession with intent to distribute ecstasy.
This investigation culminated on January 19, 2007, when law enforcement arrested the three individuals without incident and seized approximately 2,500 tablets or $50,000 worth of ecstasy, small amounts of “ice” methamphetamine and marijuana, and approximately $2,500 in cash.
According to court documents filed in the case on January 19, Lien Thi LE and Tiana LA, met with an undercover officer to deliver 2,000 tablets of ecstasy to him. Agents learned the ecstasy was contained in another vehicle driven by Phuong Nhat-Tuan LE. Inside the vehicle agents located 2,000 ecstasy tablets and seized approximately $2,500 in cash from Tiana LA. A subsequent search of LA’s residence located on Spanish Court, in San Jose turned up approximately 500 ecstasy tablets, and small amounts of “ice” methamphetamine and marijuana.
“Ecstasy is a dangerous drug which is marketed toward our youth and while it may have a candy-like appearance, we know far to well the effects of the drug is anything but sweet,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Pena. “Today we serve notice that the DEA will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to keep ecstasy and other drugs off the street and out of the hands of our children.”
This investigation was conducted by the DEA’s San Jose Resident Office and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The defendants face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.