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ARIZONA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2009

QUOC VIET HUYNH NGUYEN, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to conspiring to manufacture marijuana. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than 5 years imprisonment, and up to 40 years imprisonment, a maximum $2,000,000 fine, and mandatory period of supervised release of four years.

According to court documents, during the Fall of 2008, through February 23, 2009, NGUYEN agreed with others in the Puyallup, Washington area to manufacture marijuana.

As part of his participation in the conspiracy, NGUYEN traveled to Washington from his home in Phoenix, Arizona, and assisted others with the harvesting of marijuana grown at an indoor marijuana grow located at 8410 130th Street East, in Puyallup, Washington. NGUYEN helped cut down the plants and prepare them for further distribution and received $30,000 in return for his criminal participation. On February 23, 2009, a search warrant was executed at the grow location resulting in the recovery of approximately 616 growing marijuana plants.

This case is part of a series of cases focused upon the unlawful manufacture and distribution of marijuana in the South Sound area. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tacoma Resident Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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