Attorney General announces 32-year sentence for leader of Metro-area methamphetamine-distribution ring

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Jefferson County District Court judge has sentenced Duy H. Nguyen (DOB: 8/20/1980) of Westminster to 32 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for his role as the ringleader of a criminal enterprise responsible for a string of burglaries, car thefts and methamphetamine distribution.

“Methamphetamine has fueled a significant rise in serious crime throughout Colorado,” Suthers said. “This stiff sentence should serve as a warning for anyone who is or is considering dealing this destructive drug in our state.”

The Statewide Grand Jury indicted Nguyen in January 2009 on suspicion that between October 2007 and November 2008 he ran a scheme to buy, sell and trade illegal drugs, including Ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana. According to the 94-count indictment, Nguyen fronted drugs to his associates in exchange for stolen guns, vehicles and tens-of-thousands of dollars in electronics, computer equipment, power tools, appliances and jewelry stolen from at least 19 home burglaries in Arvada, Westminster, Englewood, Evergreen, Denver and Littleton.

Nguyen admittedly sold or traded the stolen property for drugs. Nguyen also sold drugs to juveniles, sold drugs near elementary schools and used juveniles to sell drugs. Nguyen also attempted to tamper with a key witness by encouraging the witness not to testify before the Statewide Grand Jury

Nguyen pleaded guilty Sept. 10, 2009 to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class-two felony tampering with a witness, a class-four felony; and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a class-three felony.

The Office of the Attorney General investigated and prosecuted Nguyen with the assistance of the Arvada Police Department, the West Metro Drug Task Force and the Commerce City Police Department.

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