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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 6, 2022

Jury Convicts Men for Gang-Related Multistate Drug Trafficking Ring and Murder

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted four defendants on numerous charges relating to a murder, a violent gang enterprise, and a drug trafficking conspiracy operating in Virginia, California, and several other states.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Peter Le, 24, of Dunn Loring, Young Yoo, 26, of Centreville, Joseph Lamborn, 28, of California, and Tony Le, 28, also of California, were members of a violent Northern Virginia Street gang called the Reccless Tigers, which was affiliated with a California gang called the West Side Asian Boyz. The gang, which originated in Centerville in 2011, distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana as well as other THC products, cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription drugs. Many of the gang’s customers were middle and high school students in Northern Virginia and college students at a number of Virginia universities.

According to court records, victim Brandon White, owed Yoo approximately $10,000 for marijuana he had obtained from Yoo. In August 2018, White was severely beaten by a Reccless Tigers gang member, David Nguyen, because of this debt. Nguyen was arrested by Fairfax County Police and charged with robbery and malicious wounding. The gang was aware that White had been subpoenaed to testify against Nguyen at a preliminary hearing and attempted to pay him if he would refuse to testify. White was threatened that he would be killed if he testified. White refused the gang's offer, and he testified against Nguyen on Nov. 19, 2018.

On Jan. 31, 2019, and continuing into the early morning hours of February 1, 2019, White was abducted at a shopping mall in Fairfax County and then killed two hours later in a wooded area of Richmond by Peter Le, Yoo, and Lamborn.

The evidence at trial indicated that the gang also engaged in persistent pattern of intimidation and retaliation against individuals who did not pay their drug debts and anyone who were believed to have cooperated with law enforcement. Homes in Fairfax, Stafford, and Prince William counties were attacked with Molotov cocktails and vandalized on numerous occasions, forcing homeowners in some instances to move. 

Peter Le was convicted of conspiracy to engage in racketeering, narcotics trafficking and related narcotics offenses, kidnapping, murder, and money laundering. Lamborn was convicted of conspiracy to engage in racketeering, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, and murder. Yoo was convicted of conspiracy to engage in racketeering, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, and murder. Tony Le was convicted of conspiracy to engage in racketeering and narcotics trafficking.

Peter Le, Young Yoo, and Joseph Lamborn face mandatory life sentences when sentenced on September 9. Tony Le faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he is sentenced of September 9.

As demonstrated in the table below, 24 other persons have been charged in connection with the investigation of the Reccless Tigers. Sixteen defendants have pleaded guilty to federal charges and have been sentenced. Nine defendants, five who pleaded guilty earlier in addition to the four convicted today, are pending sentencing. Three defendants are fugitives.

Name

Conviction(s)

Result

Peter Le*

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Violent crimes in aid of racketeering murder; Conspiracy to engage in kidnapping; Kidnapping resulting in death; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Killing while engaged in drug trafficking; Maintaining a drug-involved premises; Distribution of marijuana and cocaine; Use, carry, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; Money laundering.

Faces mandatory life imprisonment on September 9, 2022

Young Yoo*

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Violent crimes in aid of racketeering murder; Conspiracy to engage in kidnapping; Kidnapping resulting in death; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, Killing while engaged in drug trafficking.

Faces mandatory life imprisonment on September 9, 2022

Joseph Duk-Hyun Lamborn*

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Violent crimes in aid of racketeering murder; Conspiracy to engage in kidnapping; Kidnapping resulting in death; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Killing while engaged in drug trafficking; Firearms murder.

Faces mandatory life imprisonment on September 9, 2022

Tony Minh Le*

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life on September 9, 2022

Kevin Aagesen

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity.

Sentenced to 188 months

Sascha Amadeus Carlisle

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Conspiracy to engage in kidnapping; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years on July 29, 2022

Abdullah Abdow Sayf

Conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity; Use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Sentenced to 180 months

Fahad Abdulkadir

Conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity; Possession with the intent to distribute 50 kilograms or less of marijuana; Use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Sentenced to 192 months

David Thai Hoang Nguyen

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 171 months

Kyu Wa Hong

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 216 months

Sang Thanh Huynh

Conspiracy to participate in the affairs of an

enterprise engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity; Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Money laundering; Felon in possession of a firearm.

Scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, 2022

Soung Park

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 132 months

Tasneef Amhed Chowdhury

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 121 months

Joshua Andrew Miliaresis

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years at a future sentencing hearing

Tyler Thang Le

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 135 months

Dane Nicholas Hughes

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years at a future sentencing hearing

Bradley Sullivan

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years at a future sentencing hearing

Richard Pak

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Distribution of cocaine; Use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years at a future sentencing hearing

Spencer Pak

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Distribution of cocaine; Use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Sentenced to 120 months

Tyler Pranompi Sonesamay

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 120 months

Khalil Yasin

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances

Sentenced to 97 months

Anthony Nguyen Thanh Le

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of cocaine

 

Sentenced to 92 months

Angel Hoang Le

Maintaining a drug-involved premises

Sentenced to 42 months

Zu Hun Chang

Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine

Sentenced to 42 months

Brandon Sobotta

Distribution of cocaine

Sentenced to time served (about 7 months)

* convicted today

This was a multi-jurisdictional OCDETF case involving the FBI Washington Field Office, ATF, HSI, IRS, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Fairfax County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, City of Richmond Police, Montgomery County (MD) Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Falls Church Police, City of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Fire Marshal, Prince William County Fire Marshal, Stafford County Fire Marshal, City of Monterey Park (CA) Police, Garden Grove (CA) Police, Anaheim (CA) Police; Trinity County (CA) Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, DEA San Francisco Division – Reading Office, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Department of Food & Agriculture, California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Cannabis Control, U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California – Sacramento Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California – Santa Ana and Riverside Offices, and the FBI’s Field Offices in Richmond, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the verdict.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys James L. Trump, Carina A. Cuellar, and Ryan Bredemeier 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-57.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Contact: 
USAVAE.Press@usdoj.gov
Updated May 6, 2022