Lam Kim Ngyuen ran a veritable “street pharmacy” out of his house in Sugar Land, TX. He sold everything from weed to pills to lean out of the home, and must now pay for it dearly. Recently, Nguyen was sentenced for his dealings in Fort Bend County’s 268th District Court. The 28-year-old will spend what would seem like the rest of his life behind the wall after receiving a bid of 75 years.
This won’t be Nguyen’s first go-round with the penal system. He was previously sentenced to eight years in prison after a 2006 armed robbery conviction. In 2010, he was paroled and he was released from parole in 2014.
In June 2015, the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force received a good tip that Nguyen was selling drugs out of his house. Nguyen’s place happened to be within 1,000 feet of a park, which meant that he was dealing in a drug-free zone.
Local law enforcement began watching Nguyen’s place and investigating his finances. Based on what they found, the narcotics task force was able to get a search warrant for Nguyen’s house.
Backed by the East Fort Bend Regional SWAT Team, the task force found Nguyen in the master bedroom, where a hammer was laying on the nightstand. A full search of the house yielded more than 20 pounds of weed, 36 grams of synthetic weed, a pound of Xanax pills, 11 ounces of cocaine, 27 grams of ethylone (one of the main ingredients in bath salts) and over 24 ounces of purple promethazine cough syrup. Furthermore, the authorities found “more than $28,000, a gas mask, two sets of body armor, 15 firearms (handguns, shotguns and rifles) and 5,000 rounds of ammunition,” in a closet. As a recently convicted felon, Nguyen was banned from owning guns or body armor.
Nguyen was convicted on 15 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawfully possessing body armor and money laundering. According to Patch:
The amount of the various drugs found meant that the possession charges were all first-degree felonies, which are punishable with five to 99 years imprisonment, the weapons charges were all third-degree felonies, which can be punished with 5-10 years’ incarceration.