A raid on a several Sioux City area homes has resulted in the discovery of 4,100 pot plants valued of more than $2 million. A tip from a federal agent in Pennsylvania helped local authorities arrest eight people on drug charges.
The marijuana was grown at seven different addresses in Sioux City and South City, Neb., in the past seven months, federal court records show. The plants would total between 820 and 1,025 pounds and have a street value of up to $2.5 million.
Arrested Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants were: Tru Quoc Nguyen, 36, Bao Quoc Nguyen, 40, Va Thi Nguyen, 42, and Phong Duy Le, 29, all of Sioux City; David Van Nguyen, 39, both of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; and Khoi Van Ha, 48, South Sioux City. Theresa Hoa Nguyen, 25, of Dakota Dunes, S.D., was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to launder money. They remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in court on Friday. A seventh person was arrested but released and does not face charges. An eighth person is named in the complaint but has not appeared in court and prosecutors have not said if he is in custody.
The federal complaint says that the Pennsylvania agent contacted authorities in Iowa in August. 2006, telling them an informant had given information that equipment and materials used to grow marijuana indoors was being delivered to a business in Sioux City.