Little Saigon Ecstasy Dealer Prepares For Long Federal Prison Trip
|Hung Xuan Dong adds drug dealer to his prior accomplishments: burglar, counterfeiter and robber.|
Hung Xuan Dong of Westminster claims that government undercover agents and confidential informants entrapped him in the illegal narcotics deal, but a federal jury didn't buy that excuse earlier this year.
For his latest crimes, Dong--already a convicted burglar, robber and counterfeiter--could have faced as much as 262 months in prison, according to sentencing guidelines. A federal probation officer recommended incarceration for 180 months. However, Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan sought a term of 210 months.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana this week, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna made the final call: 15 years in prison.
Dong, who frequently made his 2009 drug deals on his cell phone and inside Little Saigon-area Vietnamese and American restaurants, sold his MDMA tablets for $3.50 each.
He likely thought that because a large percentage of his discussions and text messages were in Vietnamese the federal agents had no idea what he said. That would be a wrong assumption. The feds have a stockpile of native Vietnamese speakers who listen to recorded calls and translate the words.
Dong remains locked inside the Santa Ana Jail awaiting his long trip to a federal prison.
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