Drug Kingpin Receives a 60-Year Sentence for Selling Illegal Drugs

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that, through a plea arrangement, Thuan Van Tran received a 60-year sentence for two counts of selling ecstasy. Twenty years of his sentence will be suspended.

Guest stated, “Thuan Van Tran was a drug kingpin who sold thousands of doses of ecstasy and methamphetamine using sources from California, Georgia and Mississippi. He was moving large amounts of illegal drugs into Mississippi with the goal of putting them onto our streets.”

In the summer of 2008 law enforcement began purchasing drugs from Tran. Over a three month period an undercover agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, who was wired with audio equipment and was often under video surveillance, purchased thousands of dollars of ecstasy and other drugs from Tran on five different occasions. Those sales occurred in Rankin, Madison, and Simpson Counties.

During the sixth and final sell, Tran was arrested by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics as he was attempting to sell 2000 dosage units of ecstasy for $11,000.00.

Guest concluded, “I cannot say enough good things about the outstanding work of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Their agency spent the time and resources necessary to build an outstanding case against an individual who was selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs. The arrest and conviction of Thuan Van Tran is a tremendous victory in our ongoing fight to remove illegal drugs from our community.”