Oklahoma City Man to Serve 15 Years in Federal Prison for Operating Illegal Marijuana Trafficking Organization
Oklahoma City - TOMMY SAVANH NAMMIXAY, 41, of Oklahoma City, has been sentenced to serve a federal prison term of 180 months for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
According to an Indictment filed on June 19, 2019, Nammixay was charged with conspiring with others to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises, money laundering, and being a convicted felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm. It was alleged that Nammixay was the head of an organization that illegally imported marijuana from illegal grow operations in Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City where it was further illegally distributed across Oklahoma. The organization maintained stash houses in south Oklahoma City where the marijuana was brought for repackaging and re-distribution. When Nammixay and other co-defendants were arrested on May 20, 2019, agents seized marijuana 100 pounds of marijuana, over $100,000 in cash, and 45 firearms.
On January 13, 2020, Nammixay pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering. In addition, Nammixay agreed to the forfeiture of the 45 firearms and cash along with a house located on N.W. 14th Street and multiple vehicles used by the organization. As part of the plea agreement, Nammixay also stipulated that he was responsible for importing between 1,000 and 3,000 kilograms of marijuana during the course of the conspiracy.
Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Scott L. Palk sentenced Nammixay to serve 180 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release when he completes his prison term. In announcing Nammixay’s sentence, Judge Palk emphasized Nammixay’s prior criminal history, which included a prior federal drug trafficking conviction, as well as his role as the leader and organizer of the group.
Eight of Nammixay’s co-defendants have already been sentenced:
- Terry Browne, 34, of Cleveland, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, on June 3, 2020.
- Lawrence Harden, 34, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, on June 3, 2020.
- Johnnie Vinavong, 42, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 37 months in prison on June 3, 2020.
- Adam Barnhart, 37, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 24 months in prison on June 5, 2020.
- Nathan Belcher, 23, of Norman, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, on June 5, 2020.
- Iliana Macias, 30, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, on June 5, 2020.
- Ralph Golden, 60, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 60 months probation on June 5, 2020.
- Andrew Eaves, Sr., 49, of Purcell, was sentenced to 36 months probation on July 23, 2020.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Oklahoma City District Office, with assistance from the City of Norman Police Department, IRS Criminal Investigations Division, Canadian County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations Oklahoma City Office, District 21 Task Force, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and DEA offices in Colorado Springs and Tulsa. Assistant United States Attorneys’ Thomas Snyder and David Petermann prosecuted the case.