Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

November 21, 2013

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

Sacramento Residents Sentenced For Cultivating Marijuana

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two marijuana growers were sentenced today for their involvement in separate indoor marijuana cultivation operations in Elk Grove, Sacramento, San Jose, and Milpitas, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Bruce Balzano announced.

Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Hung Ngoc Pham, 31, of Sacramento, to 30 months in prison.  According to court documents and proceedings, Pham cultivated 1,059 marijuana plants grown inside four separate houses in Sacramento, Milpitas, and San Jose.

United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Dong Ping Huang, 36, of Sacramento, to two years in prison. According to court documents and proceedings, Huang participated in the cultivation of 682 marijuana plants inside two residences in Elk Grove.

Both Pham and Huang were arrested and prosecuted as part of an extensive investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration regarding indoor marijuana cultivation operations throughout Northern California. Assistant United States Attorneys Todd Leras and Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the cases.

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