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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fifth Defendant Sentenced in Oregon-Based Marijuana Distribution Scheme

MADISON, WIS. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Peter Nguyen, 36, Portland, Oregon, was sentenced on Friday, December 9 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 21 months in federal prison for money laundering.  Nguyen pled guilty to this offense on September 16, 2016.     

Nguyen is the fifth of six defendants to be sentenced in the Oregon-based marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme.  The investigation showed that the defendants shipped parcels containing, in total, more than 700 pounds of marijuana from Oregon to locations throughout the United States and laundered more than $2.5 million in marijuana proceeds through U.S. banks. 

Judge Conley indicated that he imposed the severe sentence to deter others in states where state laws permit marijuana distribution from being tempted to earn easy money by distributing marijuana to other states. 

Loc Bui, the final defendant in this case, will be sentenced before Judge Conley at 2:00 p.m. on December 14, 2016.  Four of the remaining defendants who were charged with Nguyen have already been sentenced by Judge Conley, as detailed below:

  1. Stevenson Tran, 24, Portland, Ore., was sentenced to 15 months in prison;
  2. Quan Tran, 36, Portland, was sentenced to three years of probation;    
  3. Thay Kah Danh, 34, Madison, Wis., was sentenced to six months in prison; and
  4.  Kyle Lux, 28, Madison, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. 

The investigation into this conspiracy was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; IRS Criminal Investigation; and Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.   

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Updated December 12, 2016