News Release
April 24, 2007
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Canadian Drug Distribution Ring Indicted in Eastern District of Wisconsin
50,000 Ecstasy Tablets Seized

50,000 tablets of ecstasy seized in Milwaukee from Canadian MDMA distribution ring
50,000 tablets of ecstasy seized in Milwaukee from Canadian MDMA distribution ring

APR 24 --(Milwaukee, WI) Special Agent in Charge of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division, Gary G. Olenkiewicz, along with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced the indictment of four individuals belonging to a Canadian drug distribution organization and the seizure of 50,000 MDMA pills in Milwaukee.

The two count indictment stems from an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA), Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), United States Attorney’s Office, as well as law enforcement counterparts in Canada. Four individuals, Phitsamay John Vanxay, also known as “Small Bro” and “Johnny,” Souksakhone Vanxay, also known as “Big Bro” and “Jimmy,” Carlyle Reginald Vo Vuong, and Brenda Weam Fathalla were all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute MDMA and attempted distribution of MDMA. The indictment alleges that Phitsamay John Vanxay and Souksakhone Vanxay, along with co-conspirators obtained MDMA from sources of supply in Canada and arranged to have it smuggled inside vehicles driven into the United States. The organization had a distribution network in Wisconsin, Tennessee and elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, the northern border of the United States has become increasingly more popular to smuggle illegal narcotics into our country,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division which covers the state of Wisconsin. “The investigation and indictment of these defendants reflects our commitment to work with our domestic and international law enforcement partners as well as the United States Attorney’s Office to curb the flow of dangerous and illegal narcotics from both borders.”

The scientific name of MDMA is 3, 4 methlendedioxymethamphetamine, which is a synthetic psychoactive narcotic. However it is more commonly known as ecstasy or ‘X.’ The indictment alleges that on February 6, 2007, agents from US Customs and Border Patrol working at the United States/Canadian border at Detroit seized an estimated 43,000 MDMA pills from a vehicle used by members of the organization. On April 6, 2007, another seizure from the organization of 50,000 MDMA pills was made in Milwaukee by the DEA and HIDTA. A criminal complaint was filed against Vuong and Fathalla after they were arrested in Milwaukee during the attempted delivery of the 50,000 pills. Other conspirators are presently facing charges in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The indictment also includes a Forfeiture Notice which states, in summary, that all property and income of the defendants which resulted from their illegal activities, is subject to forfeiture to the United States pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 853. If convicted, the individual defendants would face up to 20 years in prison and up to one million dollars in fines.