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

Friday, March 4, 2016

Six Charged in Marijuana Conspiracy

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced an indictment charging six individuals with conspiring to distribute marijuana and with laundering more than $2 million in drug proceeds.  The indictment, returned on January 27, 2016, has been unsealed and, as of yesterday, all defendants have made their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison.  The defendants’ trial is scheduled to begin on September 19, 2016.   

The indictment charges the following men:  

  • Loc Bui, 42, Portland, Ore.;
  • Peter Nguyen, 35, Portland;
  • Steven Tran, 34, Portland;
  • Kyle Lux, 28, formerly of Portland, now a resident of Madison;
  • Quan Tran, 36, Portland; and
  • Thay K. Danh, 34, Madison. 

All six defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of marijuana.  All face a minimum of five years in federal prison, with a maximum of forty years in prison, on the conspiracy charge.  In addition, each defendant is charged with multiple money laundering counts and each faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each money laundering count.  Finally, Kyle Lux, Steven Tran, Loc Bui, and Thay Danh are charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and each faces five years in prison on the possession counts. 

The indictment alleges that the defendants shipped parcels containing marijuana to Wisconsin and elsewhere and then deposited marijuana proceeds in accounts at banks with branches in Oregon, Wisconsin, and other locations where marijuana was shipped.  

The charges against the defendants are the result of an investigation 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 will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O'Shea.   

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 4, 2016