14,000 Pot Plants, 24 Arrests
Federal prosecutors are continuing to dole out indictments and arrests in connection with the seizure of 14,000 pot plants across three counties last month, with more information coming out this afternoon.
The indictment returned today intensifies the charges defendants face. It:
charges the defendants with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance involving more than 1,000 marijuana plants and conspiracy of maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using controlled substances.
The indictment also gives notice of forfeiture of several vehicles, U.S. currency and assorted hydroponic equipment from the store front and warehouse.
About 40 grow houses in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties each had anywhere from at least 100 to more than 850 marijuana plants in them at the time of the seizures. Combined with earlier raids on the same widespread operation, the total number of plants seized reached almost 19,000.
That's a lot of weed.
The list of defendants, who we assume you should not be hitting up any time soon for your weekend party plans:
The individuals arrested on Aug. 21 and indicted today include: Thu Loan Dinh, 35, Hong Nhut Dang, 41, Anh Quang Nguyen, 52, Van Long Tran, 33, Tien Van Nguyen, 43, Minh Pham, 58, Truong Quang Lam, 37, Gioi The Nguyen, 55, Quy Ngoc Nguyen, 39, and Khac Hung Dinh, 45, all of Houston; Long Nguyen, 32, Long Do, 32, Tam Nguyen, 52, and Thang Van Doan, 35, of Conroe, Texas; Timmy Dang, 37, Huu Trong Vu, 23, Ida Nga Pham, 33, Vinh Cong Le, 27, Hung Huy Nguyen, 48, Thiet Van Nguyen, 49, Trang Thi Kim Truong, 40, and Thi Ngo, 46, all of Spring, Texas; Yen Thi Do, 42, Richmond, Texas; and Tai Tan Nguyen, 29, both of Tomball, Texas.
Also indicted were Dinh Le, 47, who is currently in state custody and Hein Le and Johnny Ng, 51, both of Houston, who are fugitives.
They face various drug-related charges, depending on their alleged roles in the enterprise.
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