News Release
December 11, 2006
Contact: Michelle Deaver
Number: (214) 366-6963

Two Sentenced in Meth Case

DEC 11 -- MUSKOGEE , OKLAHOMA – United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today that CLONNIE ALONZO LAYMAN, age 63, of Eufaula , Oklahoma , and HONG SON NGUYEN, a/k/a Sonny Nguyen, a/k/a Son Hong Nguyen, age 42, of Oklahoma City , were sentenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee , Oklahoma.

“LAYMAN was sentenced to sixty (60) years imprisonment, sixty (60) months supervised release, and a special assessment fee of $700.00,” stated U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling.

“NGUYEN was sentenced to two-hundred (200) months imprisonment, sixty (60) months supervised release, and a special assessment fee of $100.00.”

“LAYMAN and NGUYEN were found guilty of Conspiracy to manufacture, possess with the intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine in July 2006,” recalled U.S. Attorney Sperling. “Defendant LAYMAN was also found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of an unregistered firearm.”

“The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Tahlequah Police Department, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse.”

“LAYMAN used his commercial welding business as a mechanism for purchasing large quantities of anhydrous ammonia,” commented U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling. “Large quantities of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine were acquired through his co-defendant, NGUYEN, who owns a convenience store in Oklahoma City .”

“LAYMAN developed a pool of methamphetamine manufacturers, and together they developed a number of locations at which methamphetamine could be manufactured. LAYMAN supplied the materials and they all “cooked” the meth, paying LAYMAN with finished product. The product was then disseminated to numerous parties for further distribution to users of the illicit drug,” continued U.S. Attorney Sperling.

“This network of meth manufacturing and distribution was perhaps the largest in Oklahoma ,” remarked U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling. “We are grateful to the law enforcement officers and agents who, through diligent investigative efforts over an extended period of time, brought an end to this deadly drug operation.”

“The Honorable Joe Heaton, District Judge, presided over the sentencing. Assistant United States Attorneys Rob Wallace and Chris Wilson represented the government.”