OAKLAND -- An Alameda County judge on Wednesday sentenced two felons to prison for weapon charges and for operating a marijuana grow house in San Leandro last year.
Van Do Nguyen, 27, of Alameda, and Loc Huynh, 20, of Oakland, were arrested Jan. 10, 2012, by San Leandro police officers who had been tipped off by residents about the grow house at 3471 Carrillo Drive, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. The men were indicted by a federal grand jury June 7.
Huynh pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges Oct. 31, and Nguyen pleaded guilty to those charges Nov. 7.
In an Oakland federal courtroom Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton sentenced Nguyen to 72 months in prison and Huynh to 87 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and being felons in possession of firearms.
In their plea agreements, the men admitted that from August 2011 through January 2012 they grew marijuana inside the San Leandro house, Haag said.
The men were found in possession of 82 mature marijuana plants, almost one kilogram of marijuana packaged for sale, a Norinco 7.62-caliber rifle with a high-capacity magazine, a Romak-Romarm 7.62-caliber assault rifle that had been stolen, and a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. Nguyen admitted that he also possessed a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol.
Nguyen had previously been convicted in 2005 for carrying a loaded firearm in public. Huynh had been convicted in 2011 for assault with a deadly weapon not with a firearm.
Another co-defendant, Vincent Nguyen, pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges in connection to the case Oct. 31. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 6.
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