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Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Ten Years’ Imprisonment for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on September 4, 2020, Khamphanh Phakousonh (age: 46) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced to a term of ten years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

According to court documents, on February 22, 2019, Phakousonh sold a DEA confidential source approximately 2 ounces (59.75 grams) of methamphetamine.  Laboratory testing later confirmed the methamphetamine was 100% pure.  On February 25, 2019, law-enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at Phakousonh’s Milwaukee residence.  The officers found several items consistent with drug-trafficking activity, including over 6 kilograms (over 13 pounds) of marijuana, $25,700 in U.S. currency, and a loaded Ruger LCP, .380 caliber, semi-automatic pistol.  Law-enforcement authorities subsequently determined that Phakousonh had obtained the firearm from an individual in satisfaction of a drug debt.

In pronouncing sentence, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman noted the serious nature of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant.     

The case was investigated by the North Central HIDTA Office and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Brady, Jr.

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Updated September 4, 2020