A Swedish Citizen Originally From Vietnam Held In Major US Pot Bust

A Swedish
man was arrested in the United
States
over the weekend in connection with
the seizure of marijuana plants valued at $3 million. Van Dat
Nguyen, a naturalized Swedish citizen originally from Vietnam, is being held in
the Cowlitz County Jail in Washington state on suspicions of manufacturing
marijuana as well as possession with intent to distribute, reports the The
Daily News newspaper.
    When police
arrested Nguyen on Sunday in the town of Kelso,
they discovered 27 grams of marijuana buds in his car.
    “I’m
shocked,” said Nguyen’s 20-year-old daughter to the Expressen newspaper.
    According
to Expressen, Nguyen, 49, has four children and resides in the Stockholm area.
    Police in Washington state suspect
Nguyen was part to a sophisticated marijuana growing operation which involved
diverting power from the electrical grid to two houses in the area.
    By
bypassing the houses’ electricity metres, the technique helped the growers to
hide the large amount of electricity needed to power their operation.
    The raid
yielded more than 1,000 marijuana plants, 87.5 pounds (40 kilograms) of
processed marijuana, eight bundles of stalks, and 444 other marijuana stalks
and root balls, the Longview Street Crimes Unit reported to The Daily News.
    Neighbours
who suspected illicit activity at the houses originally tipped off police, who
began their investigation last month.
    Nguyen, 49,
is also wanted by Canadian authorities on charges of producing a controlled
substance and trafficking.
    US
immigration authorities have also placed a detainer on him, as his visa to the United States
expired in March.

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