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Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Daniel Comeaux, Special Agent in Charge

February 22, 2021

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7994

Bay Area Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Ship 500 Pounds of Marijuana from Fresno to Kansas City, Missouri

FRESNO, Calif. — Tien Van Phan, 56, of Milpitas, was sentenced today to three years and six months in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana that was shipped from Fresno to Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux announced.

According to court documents, in November 2018, Phan’s co-defendants Patrick Maldonado, of Madera; Elias Zambrano Jr., of Fresno; Tan Minh Vo, of San Jose; Halen Frazier, of Kingsville, Missouri; and David Agustus McGowan, of Kansas City coordinated the shipment of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana to Frazier in Kansas City. The first shipment was seized from Frazier during a traffic stop after Phan delivered 92 pounds of marijuana to him in two suitcases at a hotel in Kansas City. Phan pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2020.

Frazier pleaded to the drug conspiracy and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. Maldonado and Zambrano, who also face charges relating to cocaine trafficking and the possession of firearms, along with Vo and McGowan, are scheduled for a status conference in federal court in Fresno on April 28. As to these defendants, the charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force consisting of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tulare, Kings, and Fresno County Sheriff’s Offices, the Fresno Police Department, the Arizona Department of Health, and the Kansas City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar is prosecuting the case.

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