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Judge to Kent woman: This jail’s for you

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 29, 2007 at 4:02 pm with No Comments »
June 29, 2007 4:02 pm

News from my town! Again, not good.

A federal judge sentenced a Kent woman Friday to five months behind bars followed by five months of home detention for her role in a marijuana distribution ring.

Trinh Tuyet Vu, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported. Vu, 37, was picked up with 28 other people in a multi-agency operation spanning Pierce and King counties called “This Bud’s Pho You.” Agents dubbed the sting that because some of the drug trafficking was run out of a Vietnamese restaurant serving that tasty noodle soup called Pho.

As part of a plea deal, Vu admitted depositing drug proceeds into a bank. She had more than $35,000 in cash in her possession when she was arrested last year, federal agents said.

Her attorney, Mark Mestel, requested Friday that his client be allowed to serve her entire sentence at home because she acted as little more than a courier for the traffickers.

U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez declined, saying Vu enjoyed the fruits of the criminal enterprise – she was driving a 2003 BMW at the time of her arrest – and needed to be punished, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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