Mobile Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possessing and Firing an Illegal Machinegun During New Year’s Eve Celebrations
MOBILE, AL – An Irvington man was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.
According to court documents and evidence presented at a May 2022 jury trial, Vincent Vo Tran, 26, was arrested in May 2021 after one of his coconspirators led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase that ended at Tran’s trailer in Irvington. During a search of the trailer, deputies recovered, among other things, a cache of guns and ammunition, including a Draco AK-style pistol found sitting underneath a digital scale covered in methamphetamine residue.
Later, in November 2021, deputies executed a search warrant at a house that Tran shared with his girlfriend and coconspirator in Mobile. Inside the house, deputies found, among other things, more than half a pound of 99.2% pure methamphetamine, more than 15 pounds of vacuum sealed marijuana, 3.5 grams cocaine, and bags of THC-infused gummies stuffed inside a children’s playpen. The jury reviewed evidence of drug distribution extracted from Tran’s cell phone, including text messages, drug ledgers, and photos and videos of drugs taken with the phone. Tran also admitted in an interview with deputies that he had recently been buying ounces of methamphetamine and named his supplier.
United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose ordered Tran to serve a five-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo drug testing and treatment. The court did not impose a fine, but Judge DuBose ordered Tran to pay $200 in special assessments.
U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Roller and Lawrence Bullard prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.