OAKLAND -- A San Leandro man will spend nearly seven years in prison for his role in a marijuana grow operation that also housed a trove of firearms, attorneys said.
Vincent Nguyen, 21, was sentenced Wednesday to 78 months in prison for illegally operating a grow house and possessing firearms as a felon, United States Attorney Melinda Haag said. His two accomplices, Van Do Nguyen and Loc Huynh, were sentenced in January to 72 months and 87 months respectively for their role in the operation.
The trio was arrested Jan. 10, 2012 after complaints from neighbors led the San Leandro police to the grow house at 3471 Carrillo Drive, Haag said. Inside officers found 82 mature marijuana plants, nearly a kilogram of pot packaged for sale, and $10,000 in cash. In addition to the drugs, police found a stolen 7.62 caliber assault rifle, a 7.62 caliber rifle with a high capacity magazine, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, and more than 100 rounds of various caliber ammunition. Nguyen, who was convicted of felony marijuana possession in 2010, was not supposed to be in possession of any firearms.
Nguyen pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2012 and was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, who also ordered 3 years of supervised release. Van Do Nguyen and Huynh received their sentences Jan. 23.