CANADIAN CONVICTED OF DISTRIBUTING LARGE QUANTITIES OF ECSTASY
Defendant Arrested During Delivery of 4,000 pills to police informant
BUONMARK MYSAENGSAY, 43, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, was found guilty late Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle of Conspiracy to Distribute MDMA (Ecstasy) and three counts of Distribution of Ecstasy. The jury deliberated four hours following a five day trial in front of U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez. Due to the large amount of ecstasy involved, MYSAENGSAY faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced on November 16, 2007.
According to testimony at trial, MYSAENGSAY conspired with another defendant to distribute thousands of ecstasy pills. MYSAENGSAY brought the drugs into the U.S. after obtaining it from a supplier in Canada. Telephone records introduced at trial show MYSAENGSAY was in close contact with his co-conspirator just before and after the co-conspirator delivered the drugs to a police informant on three separate occasions. On March 31, 2006, MYSAENGSAY was present in the parking lot at a south King County hardware store where his co-conspirator was to meet with the police informant to sell 4,000 pills. A security camera at a nearby casino photographed the men together. MYSAENGSAY tried to hide his involvement by having his wife carry the bag of drugs from their car to the co-conspirator’s car. Seattle police moved in and arrested both men. After he was arrested, MYSAENGSAY told police the four “boats” of ecstasy were all that he had brought in from Canada on this trip. When he testified at trial, MYSAENGSAY (a Laotian immigrant who has lived in Canada for 16 years) claimed he did not understand the police officer’s questions.
The case was investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.