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Western District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Final Defendant Sentenced in Marijuana Distribution and Money Laundering Case

MADISON, WIS. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Loc Bui, 43, Portland, Ore., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 54 months in federal prison for money laundering and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.  Judge Conley also imposed a $10,000 fine.  Bui pled guilty to this offense on September 14, 2016.     

Bui is the sixth and final defendant to be sentenced in this 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. 

When Bui, once a successful businessman, blamed a poor economy for his choice in getting involved in the marijuana distribution scheme, Judge Conley stated that it was “not a legitimate option for a business person to choose criminal activity” in difficult economic circumstances.  Further, 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. 

The five defendants who were charged with Bui and were previously sentenced before Judge Conley as detailed below:

  1. Stevenson Tran, 24, Portland, was sentenced to 15 months in prison;
  2. Quan Tran, 36, Portland, was sentenced to 3 years of probation;    
  3. Thay Kah Danh, 34, Madison, Wis., was sentenced to 6 months in prison;
  4. Peter Nguyen, 36, Portland, Ore., was sentenced to 21 months in prison; and
  5. 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 was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.   

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Updated December 14, 2016