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Tag: federal

Oct.
20th

UPDATED: Five charged federally in drug ring, smoke shops searched

Federal authorities arrested five people today in connection with a ring suspected of dealing Oxycodone from Indian smoke shops in Pierce County.

The five are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Among those charged are Billy Miranda Flores, a 40-year-old Puyallup resident, and his father, Bill Celeya Flores, a 59-year-old Tacoma resident. The two were arrested earlier today and are scheduled to make their first court appearance this afternoon.

The Flores father and son operate the Indian Smoke Shop on Puyallup Tribal Trust Land in Milton and the

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Aug.
31st

Federal Way woman sentenced in sham marriage scheme

A Federal Way woman was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison today after she was convicted in a scheme in which she set up U.S. citizens with Cambodian nationals in fake marriages.

In January, a jury convicted Vuthy Sim, 35, of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, three counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, three counts of money laundering and concealing an illegal alien, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors alleged Sim recruited participants in the fake-marriage scheme starting in June 2002.  The purpose of the fake marriage was

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