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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


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

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MARCH 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION X-MEN


TEXAS MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR

MASSIVE ECSTASY CONSPIRACY


             KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting 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.


              Dung A. Nguyen, 35, of Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.


             Nguyen 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 Boun Rattanavong, 34, of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Raphael L. Donnell, 33, also known as “Rags,” and Dempsey Johnson, also known as “Booky,” 29, both of Kansas City, Mo. Rattanavong was sentenced on Oct. 31, 2008, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Donnell was sentenced on July 9, 2008, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Johnson was sentenced on Sept. 10, 2008 to 20 years in federal prison without parole.


             Evidence introduced in the trial of Nguyen, Rattanavong, Donnell and Johnson indicated that the wide-ranging 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. Nguyen, Rattanavong, Donnell and Johnson 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.


             Twenty-one additional co-defendants have been sentenced after pleading guilty. Shannon Dewayne Luckey, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., was sentenced on Jan. 28, 2009, to seven years in federal prison without parole. James Robert Petersen, 34, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced on Dec. 3, 2008, to 17 years and six months in federal prison without parole. 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, 27, 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,” 31, was sentenced on Jan. 24, 2008 to five years and three months in federal prison without parole. Wayne Williams, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on July 9, 2008 to nine years and six months in federal prison without parole. Also sentenced to federal prison on July 9, 2008: Arron Hall, 28, of Kansas City Mo., received four years; Adrian Washington, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., received two years and six months; Simona Bryant, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., received 25 months; Jeffery Morgan, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., received six years; and Jason Cross, 23, received three years and five months.


             Delesha Hughes, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to four years and six months in federal prison on Sept. 10, 2008. On Aug. 5, 2008, four other defendants were sentenced: Maurice Davis, 30, also known as “Reese,” of Kansas City, Kan., received three years and 10 months; Adrian Wright, 32, also known as “Fat A,” of Kansas City, Mo., received 10 years; Andre L. Brice, 27, also known as “Dre,” of Kansas City, MO., received 10 years; and Tremayne Tyler, 36, also known as “Pig,” of Los Angeles, Ca., received nine years. Damon S. Bryant, 38, also known as "D," 38, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on September 23, 2008 to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

 

             Co-defendants Gerald E. Dunn, also known as “G,” 36, of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Vu Nguyen Huynh, 24, of Arlington, Texas, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and await sentencing.


             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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