MEDINAâ€” It took approximately three hours for a jury Tuesday to convict another of the 12 defendants accused of participating in a marijuana â€œgrow houseâ€ operation in the basements of three residences in Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township.
Phu V. Hoang, 34, of 1735 Stonybrook Lane, No. 137, Brunswick, was convicted on all eight counts against him and is the 11th person to be convicted or plead guilty to drug charges, said county Assistant Prosecutor Anne Eisenhower, who is trying the cases.
Hoang is the brother of Khuong V. Huong, 40, who was the owner of one of the grow houses located at 1480 Troon Avenue, Brunswick, which had the most plants of the three.
During the trial, one of the defendants testified seeing Phu Hoang watering and fertilizing plants at the Troon Avenue residence, she said.
The Hoangs and 10 others were arrested on June 15, 2006, after a raid by the Brunswick Police Department and the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, where they found more than 600 marijuana plants, $60,000 worth of growing supplies, including large lights, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
The residences were maintained to appear as if someone lived there, but many of the defendants, including the Hoangs, lived in the same apartment complex in Brunswick.
Hoang was charged and 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.
Hoang will spend at least eight years in prison due to sentencing guidelines for drug convictions. A sentencing date has not been set.
One more defendant, Thana T. Tran, 33, of 1735 Stonybrook Lane, Brunswick, is scheduled for trial on Aug. 20.
Last week, Hoa Kim Tran, 37, who has the same address, pleaded guilty to all eight counts.
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