Vincent Nguyen, 21, was sentenced on March 15, 2013, to 78 months in prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, possessing with the intent to distribute marijuana, and being a felon in possession of firearms according to a USAO press release dated March 15.
Nguyen, along with Van Do Nguyen, 27 and Loc Huynh, 20, was arrested on Jan. 10, 2012, after complaints from citizens led to an investigation by the San Leandro Police Department.
Huynh and Vincent Nguyen pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2012, Van Do Nguyen pled guilty on Nov. 7, 2012.
Huynh and Van Do Nguyen were sentenced on January 23, 2013, Huynh, to 87 months in prison and Van Do Nguyen to 72 months, both also were given three years supervised release after their prison confinement.
In his plea agreement, Vincent Nguyen admitted that from August 2011 through January 2012, he, along with others, operated a marijuana grow house at 3471 Carrillo Drive in San Leandro, Calif. He was found in possession of 82 mature marijuana plants, almost one kilogram of marijuana packaged for sale, a Norinco US 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 semiautomatic pistol. In addition, about $10,000 in cash, a 9mm Bryco Arms semiautomatic pistol, and more than 100 rounds of various caliber ammunition were found at 3471 Carrillo Drive and seized by law enforcement. (USAO press release)
Vincent Nguyen had admitted in 1999 to committing criminal aggravated assault when he was 16 years old. Then in 2005 he pleaded no contest to felony possession of a gun and received a sentence of 32 months in prison. This was twice the amount of time that would normally be issued, since his juvenile record was used against him.