A drug deal that originated in Fresno could net a San Jose man five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday.
Two local men are also accused in the alleged cross-country drug deal, authorities said.
Tien Van Phan, 56, admitted to drug trafficking conspiracy charges and and possession with intent to distribute approximately 92 pounds of marijuana that was sent from Fresno to Kansas City, Missouri. The outcome of the case was announced in a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott.
Drugs Transported from Fresno to Kansas City
According to court documents, agents intercepted calls between Fresno co-defendant Elias Zambrano Jr. and three other suspects from California and Missouri, coordinating the marijuana shipment.
Then, on Nov. 9, 2018, law enforcement agents in Kansas City saw Phan load two suitcases into a vehicle driven by co-defendant Halen Steven Patrick Frazier in Kansas City. After conducting a traffic stop, the marijuana was seized from Frazier’s vehicle, the release said.
Phan faces a penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in February.
Fresno, Madera Men Face Additional Charges
Zambrano, along with Patrick Maldonado of Madera, also face charges relating to cocaine and firearms offenses.
Frazier previously entered a guilty plea to the drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 27 months in prison, according to officials
The case, being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar, resulted from an investigation by the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. The operation included agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security, the FBI, Fresno, Tulare and Kings county sheriff’s offices, the Fresno Police Department, the Kansas City Police Department, and the Arizona Department of Health.