July 23, 2016

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Pot-growing defendant convicted

MEDINA — Another defendant charged with participating in a marijuana growing operation was convicted on all eight charges against him Wednesday afternoon after an eight-day trial.

Khuong V. Hoang, 40, of 1735 Stoneybrook Lane, No. 107, Brunswick, owned one of the three houses — 1480 Troon Ave., Brunswick — where police found more than 600 marijuana plants, $60,000 worth of growing supplies and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in a raid in June 2006.

Hoang will spend at least eight years in prison due to sentencing guidelines for drug convictions. A sentencing date has not been set.

At a hearing Thursday morning, the jury also decided property seized during the raid was used for or proceeds of drug activity, county Prosecutor Dean Holman said Thursday. The forfeited items include his $217,000 home, two vehicles, electronic items and cash.

Like the other two houses that were raided in Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township, Hoang’s house was a ranch located in a subdivision, built within the last 12 years and purchased for more than $200,000, auditor’s records show.

Each of the houses was maintained to look as if someone lived there, but several of the defendants, including Hoang and his brother Phu V. Hoang, lived in apartments in Brunswick. They, along with 10 others, were arrested and charged with drug offenses. 

Hoang was convicted of possession of drugs (marijuana, in excess of 20,000 grams), a fourth-degree felony; three counts of conspiracy to commit possession of drugs, second- and third-degree felonies; illegal cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony; two counts of conspiracy to commit illegal cultivation of marijuana, third-degree felonies; and one count of complicity to commit illegal cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

Nine of the defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted by juries and three more, including Phu Hoang, are scheduled for trial, said county Assistant Prosecutor Anne Eisenhower, who is trying the cases.