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13 from N. Georgia named in federal indictment on charges relating to $7M in marijuana
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More than $7,168,900 worth of marijuana was seized as six marijuana grow operations were shut down in 2017 by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

Thirteen people from North Georgia were charged in a federal indictment regarding marijuana charges involving more than $7 million in drugs, according to court documents.

The first count in the 14-count indictment filed May 16 alleges all 13 people did intentionally “combine, conspire, confederate, agree and have a tacit understanding with each other” to “manufacture and possess with intent to distribute at least 100 marijuana plants.”

Those listed in the indictment are: Nam Van Dao, Minh Luong and Henry Nguyen, all of Gainesville; Trung Bui, Binh Van Hoang, Thu Thi Phan, Vinh To and Sen Thi Do, all of Flowery Branch; Thao Phoung Nguyen and Phi Ngoc Luong, both of Hoschton; and Hang Mai Nguyen of Duluth.

According to the indictment, authorities believe it took place between March 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2017.

These 11 people were identified by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad after a series of September searches that found multiple indoor marijuana grow operations.

An estimated $7,168,900 of marijuana was seized, and another $329,735 in cash was seized or frozen in bank accounts. More than 300 pounds of marijuana and more than 1,500 plants were seized.

A Sept. 18 search on Ashford Way in Gainesville led to more than 500 plants, 36 bags of sealed marijuana weighing 59 pounds and 129 pounds of harvested marijuana, according to the MANS unit.

Three grow operations were found from Sept. 19-20 on Blanc Way in Braselton, Davis Bridge Drive in Gainesville and Shag Bark Trail in Gainesville.

All 11 were later indicted in Hall County Superior Court on a charge of manufacturing marijuana.

Phu Vinh Oanh and Minh Nguyen, of Braselton, were not previously mentioned in the September news release by the MANS unit but were listed in the May 16 federal indictment.

MANS Lt. Don Scalia said Thursday that Minh Nguyen was an “offshoot” of the investigation at Shag Bark Trail in Gainesville.

The attorneys for Hang Nguyen and Dao in Hall County Superior Court declined to comment.

The Times reached out to the attorneys listed in Hall County for the other defendants, and those requests for comment were not returned.

Contact information was not available for Oanh and Minh Nguyen.