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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 12, 2019

Co-conspirators Sentenced for Roles in Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two men were each sentenced today to over two years in prison for their respective roles in a large-scale marijuana trafficking conspiracy.

According to court documents, Nikco Van Nguyen, 22, of Falls Church, and Michael Ngo, 29, of Fairfax, acted as marijuana redistributors for Cuong Huynh, the leader of a criminal street gang known as the Asian Dragon Family. Huynh led the Washington, D.C. area marijuana trafficking ring that distributed over 100 kilograms of marijuana over a two-year time period.

Huynh operated at the center of the conspiracy, maintaining multiple wholesale sources of supply for marijuana while also maintaining a distribution network in the Washington, D.C. region. Huynh’s girlfriend, Victoria Nguyen, stored tens of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds at a time from the sale of marijuana and safeguarded those earnings for the next wholesale purchase. Nikco Nguyen and Michael Ngo, who were also members of the Asian Dragon Family, distributed marijuana for Huynh, picked up cash proceeds from customers and re-packaged larger quantities of marijuana into redistribution amounts.

Victoria Nguyen was sentenced to two years in prison on April 5 for her role in the conspiracy. Huynh is scheduled for sentencing on May 3. 

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew J. DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena Munasifi and Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis M. Fitzpatrick prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-12 and 1:19-cr-17.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 12, 2019