MILPITAS (TBEN SF) – A South Bay man has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to ship 500 pounds of marijuana from the Central Valley to Kansas City, Missouri, prosecutors say.
US Attorney’s Office McGregor W. Scott said Monday that a judge had sentenced Tien Van Phan, 56, from Milpitas to three years and six months for his role in the scheme. Phan pleaded guilty to the conspiracy last November.
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Prosecutors said Phan and five other defendants coordinated a shipment of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana from Fresno to Kansas City in late 2018. Phan delivered a 92-pound shipment to defendant Halen Frazier of Kingsville, Missouri, in a Kansas City hotel. The shipment was then seized during a traffic stop.
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Frazier also pleaded guilty to the plot and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, prosecutors said.
The other four defendants, identified as Patrick Maldonado de Madera, Elias Zambrano Jr. of Fresno, Tan Minh Vo of San Jose and David Agustus McGowan of Kansas City, are still awaiting trial. Maldonado and Zambrano face additional charges of cocaine trafficking and gun possession, prosecutors said.
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A status conference for the other defendants is scheduled for April 28.