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Members of an FBI-led task force have arrested 18 individuals, many of them Vietnamese origin, named in a series of federal indictments that allege narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses, including the illegal sale of five AR-15-style “ghost guns.”
The US Department of Justice said Operation “Black Phoenix” resulted in seven indictments that were issued earlier this year by a federal grand jury.
The indictments charge a total of 25 defendants, 18 of whom were arrested on September 15, and four of whom were already in custody. Authorities continue their attempts to arrest the remaining three defendants.
Two indictments allege illegal gun sales. Vietnamese-born defendants, Dau Quay Duong, 53, of Ontario, and Christopher Nguyen, 47, also of Ontario, are charged with illegal firearm sales for allegedly selling a total of five ghost guns, specifically five AR-15-type rifles with no make, model or serial number, according to the department.
|A portion of drugs and weapons were confiscated during the campaign Photo: FBI|
In another indictment, defendant Jonathan Domingo Go, 47, of Torrance, is charged will illegally selling three firearms – two .40-caliber pistols and 5.56-caliber assault pistol that is described as a ghost gun with no manufacturing mark and no serial number.
The indictments carry a variety of charges, including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics and substantive narcotics trafficking offenses such as distribution of methamphetamine.
If they are convicted, most of the defendants will face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison, and some will face decades in federal prison because of their extensive criminal histories.
During the course of investigation, authorities seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, an illegal marijuana growing operation, 28 pounds (12.70 kilograms) of methamphetamine and 4 ounces (113.40 grams) of cocaine and crack cocaine, as well as 16 firearms.
The cases are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Substantial assistance was provided by the Monterey Park Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations./.
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