Pot brothers sentenced to federal pen

By From page A1 | April 10, 2013

Three men were sentenced Monday and one man was recently found guilty in connection to a case involving indoor marijuana grows.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Tony Le, 55, Minh Le, 36 and Cuong Le, 43, all of Sacramento, were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb for their involvement in a conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Tony Le was sentenced to four years in prison, Cuong Le was sentenced to 51 months in prison, and Minh Le was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

Tien Le, 47, a co-defendant, was recently found guilty by a jury in a six-day trial of the same case. He is to be sentenced on July 1 and faces a sentence of 10 years in prison.

Wagner said that, according to documents, the brothers conspired in purchasing high-end homes in Placerville, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Foresthill and Auburn. The homes had large basements, ideal for large-scale indoor marijuana grows, which they would install.

The investigation involved the DEA’s Sacramento District Office, the Internal Revenue Service, Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Police Department and the Elk Grove Police Department.  It was also part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a program “established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations” and “to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.”

Cole Mayer

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