California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine in California and New Hampshire
CONCORD - Jim Pham, 36, of Rowland Heights, California, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2018, Pham met a drug trafficker from New Hampshire via the internet on the dark web. The trafficker purchased shipments of highly-pure methamphetamine from Pham, which he received in New Hampshire via Federal Express and other means. The drugs were distributed throughout New Hampshire and New England and the proceeds were used to purchase additional methamphetamine from Pham. Pham was typically paid by the trafficker using cryptocurrency. During the conspiracy, Pham shipped at least 30 kilograms of methamphetamine to the trafficker in New Hampshire.
“Methamphetamine is a very dangerous drug that is jeopardizing the health and safety of the citizens of New Hampshire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the interstate drug traffickers who are shipping methamphetamine to New Hampshire. Methamphetamine traffickers who do business in the Granite State should understand that they will face substantial federal prison terms for their conduct.”
“As methamphetamine seizures are on the rise, DEA stands committed to keeping this highly addictive drug out of New Hampshire,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Today’s significant sentence not only holds Mr. Pham accountable for his crimes but serves as a warning to those who attempt to bring this poison to the Granite State.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Manchester Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John S. Davis.