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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

California Woman Sentenced for Port Arthur Drug Trafficking

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BEAUMONT, Texas – A 57-year-old Rialto, CA woman living in Port Arthur, Texas  has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Angie Dang pleaded guilty on Oct. 2, 2014 to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, in March 2014, Dang was observed by law enforcement conducting a drug transaction in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lived in Port Arthur, Texas.  Shortly afterwards, Dang left her apartment and was pulled over by law enforcement and a canine partner was employed to examine the outside of the vehicle. The canine alerted to the presence of drugs and a search revealed a rock of crack cocaine in the center console of the vehicle. Additionally, Dang had $2,550 in her pants pocket. She was transported to the police department where a more thorough search was conducted. More crack cocaine was found in the vehicle, along with $453 cash. A total of 14.290 grams of crack cocaine was found in the vehicle. A state search warrant was obtained and officers searched the apartment where Dang lived. A cookie of crack cocaine, which weighed 22.585 grams, was found in the dining room.  Twenty-five, one-ounce bags of powder cocaine weighing 663.925 grams was found hidden in various places in Dang's closet. Officers also found $97,700 cash.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 14, 2014, charging Dang with drug trafficking violations.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.

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Updated March 16, 2015