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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Huy Trinh, Berkeley Pot Grower and Electricity Thief, Gets 15 Years Behind Bars

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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Federal prosecutors put 45-year-old Huy Trinh in the slammer for 15 years for his role in masterminding a large-scale marijuana cultivation conspiracy over in the hippie hub of Berkeley.

The sentence, which was handed down by United States District Court Judge Susan Illston,  included five years of supervision upon being released. Trinh must also pay restitution of $74,000. Judge Illston already sentenced Trinh's cohorts, 50-year-old Andy Wong and Lan Jin, 42, to much lighter prison terms for their roles in the conspiracy. Wong received 24 months and Jin will spend no more than a year in prison for their roles in this pot grow.
In April 2010, federal agents raided six indoor marijuana grow houses in the East Bay, where they found 1,198 marijuana plants, including 623 marijuana plants at Wong's residence in Oakland and 198 marijuana plants at Trinh's residence in Berkeley. At Trinh's place, agents also found a .22 caliber firearm in the same bedroom as five pounds of processed marijuana, which really didn't help his case.

On March 23, 2012, Trinh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to

manufacture marijuana and one count of possessing a firearm in

furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He

admitted managing the marijuana grow sites and stealing electricity from PG&E to support his sophisticated grow operation.

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