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Philadelphia drug dealer sentenced to 70 months in prison

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia man was sentenced to federal prison on drug dealing charges on July 1. Quang Nguyen, 22, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in distributing large amounts of marijuana and ecstasy pills in the United States.

According to the sentencing memo, Nguyen and others conducted their operations from a Philadelphia-area hotel, including receiving shipments of marijuana and selling drugs to customers from the hotel. Nguyen pleaded guilty on March 9, 2010, to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of ecstasy and distribution of marijuana.

According to court documents, large amounts of ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana are produced in Canada, smuggled into United States, transported to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and then further distributed around the East Coast of the United States. For the past several years, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Criminal Division's Organized Crime & Racketeering Section (OCRS), U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Canadian law enforcement agencies have been working closely together combat drug smuggling and money laundering between the United States and Canada.

The investigation was led by ICE. The DEA, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Philadelphia Police Department also provided assistance on this investigation. The case was prosecuted by OCRS Trial Attorney Robert J. Livermore.