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Pot brothers sentenced to federal pen

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From page A1 | April 10, 2013 | 5 Comments

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.”

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  • CatherineApril 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    I hardly think these guys are in the group that's "primary responsible for the nation's drug supply." Incarcerating these fellows for even part of these sentences will cost taxpayers over $1M, not to mention the costs of finding and trying them, and not to mention how much stronger and more criminally connected they'll be after time in prison. Why not develop some laws so confiscated pot can be sold through legitimate medical channels? Then maybe fine growers and confiscate their grow houses. You can have the growers clean toilets in a rehab facility, if you're hot for punishment. But keep the money at the county level, and don't waste more taxpayers' money on the failed War on Drugs.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Catherine, you chucklehead! Don't you get it? With three Le's put away (Tony Le, Minh Le & Cuong Le) our chances of winning a slot tournament at Redhawk are GREATLY increased. All of the euthanasia seem to win. My turn now perhaps - or th' Missus'.

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  • EvelynApril 11, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    "euthanasia"???

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 11, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Damn! My voice-to-text program screwed up again.

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  • DB SmithApril 11, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Phil, At first I thought "chucklehead" may have something to do with laughing so I had to look it up. Some of the synonyms are knuckle head, bone head, chowder head, dead head, dumb head, meat head, pin head and dummkopf. Excellent choice.

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