WASHINGTON - Quang Nguyen, 22, of Philadelphia was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond to 70 months in prison for his role in distributing large amounts of marijuana and ecstasy pills in the United States, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Nguyen was also ordered to pay a $1, 250 fine and to serve a five-year term of supervised release following his prison term.
Nguyen pleaded guilty on March 9, 2010, to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of ecstasy and distribution of marijuana. According to the sentencing memo, Nguyen and others conducted their operations from a Philadelphia-area hotel, including receiving shipments of marijuana and selling drugs to customers from the hotel.
According to court documents, large amounts of ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana are produced in Canada, smuggled into United States, transported to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and then further distributed around the East Coast of the United States. For the past several years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime & Racketeering Section (OCRS), U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Canadian law enforcement agencie s have been working closely together combat drug smuggling and money laundering between the United States and Canada
The case was prosecuted by OCRS Trial Attorney Robert J. Livermore. The case was investigated by ICE special agents. The DEA, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Philadelphia Police Department also provided assistance on this investigation.