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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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OCTOBER 31, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION X-MEN


TEXAS MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR

MASSIVE ECSTASY CONSPIRACY


             KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that another defendant has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills, worth approximately $2 million in Jackson County, Mo.


             Boun Rattanavong, 34, of Grand Prairie, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 20 years in federal prison without parole for his role in distributing ecstasy. Rattanavong was convicted by a federal jury on Feb. 21, 2008, for his role in a conspiracy that distributed ecstasy, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and PCP in Jackson County from Nov. 9, 2004, to Jan. 1, 2007.


             Also convicted at trial were co-defendants Raphael L. Donnell, 33, also known as "Rags," of Kansas City, Dempsey Johnson, 29 of Kansas City, Mo., and Dung A. Nguyen, 35, of Texas. Donnell was sentenced on July 9, 2008, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Johnson was sentenced on September 10, 2008 to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Nguyen awaits sentencing.


             Evidence introduced in the trial of Donnell, Johnson, Rattanavong and Nguyen indicated that the conspiracy involved between 400,000 and 450,000 ecstasy pills delivered to Kansas City from Texas, as well as PCP from California. Evidence included undercover drug transactions, surveillance and telephone wiretaps that recorded conversations in which co-defendants discussed drug trafficking and firearms, including automatic weapons and assault rifles. Donnell, Johnson, Rattanavong and Nguyen were also found to be jointly and severally liable for a $2 million forfeiture to the government, which was derived from the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking.


             Additional co-defendants have been sentenced after pleading guilty. Derrick T. Seals, also known as "D," 28, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on June 9, 2008, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Jermaine Talley, also known as "Shorty," 35, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on March 6, 2008, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole. Brian C. Fennix, 42, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on Dec. 11, 2007, to five years and 11 months. Quebe Seals, 28, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced on June 5, 2008, to five years in federal prison without parole. Jon C. Crawford, 26, of Topeka, Kan., was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2007, to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. Nicole Wyatt, also known as "Co-Co," 29, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on March 3, 2008, to 21 months in federal prison without parole.


             Dimitri Jones, also known as "MiMi," was sentenced on January 24, 2008 to 63 months in federal prison without parole. Wayne Williams, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on July 9, 2008 to 114 months in federal prison without parole. Also sentenced to federal prison on July 9, 2008: Arron Hall, 28, of Kansas City Mo., received 48 months; Adrian Washington, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., received 30 months; Simona Bryant, 36, of Kansas City, Mo., received 25 months; Jeffery Morgan, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., received 72 months; and Jason Cross, 23, received 41 months.


             Delesha Hughes, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison on September 10, 2008. On August 5, 2008, four other defendants were sentenced: Maurice Davis, 29, also known as "Reese," of Kansas City, Kansas, received 46 months; Adrian Wright, 31, also known as "Fat A," of Kansas City, Mo., received 120 months; Andre L. Brice, 26, also known as "Dre," of Kansas City, MO., received 120 months; and Tremayne Tyler, 36, also known as "Pig," of Los Angeles, Ca., received 108 months. Damon S. Bryant, 38, also known as "D," 38, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on September 23, 2008 to 120 months in federal prison without parole.

 

             Remaining co-defendants who pleaded guilty but await sentencing are Gerald E. Dunn, also known as "G," 35, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and Shannon Dewayne Luckey, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Vu Nguyen Huynh, 24, of Arlington, Texas; and James Robert Petersen, 34, of Dallas, Texas.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeTar Newbert. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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