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Six Charged With Running Illegal Las Vegas Marijuana Dispensary

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LAS VEGAS -- Six individuals were charged with unlawfully operating a marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

The federal charges, stemming from an April 23 indictment but unsealed Friday, were filed against Randy Ruley Phillips, 42, Randy Allen "Kevin" Kim, 24, and Andrew Yim, 24, all of Las Vegas, Jaclyn Mikie "Turtle" Sumarnkant, 27, of Alhambra, Calif., Quy "Gabe" Nguyen, 28, of San Diego, and Michael Minh Quang Dinh, 37, of Garden Grove, Calif. 

The indictment was unsealed at the initial court hearing for defendants Phillips and Dinh. They and Kim, Yim and Nguyen, who already appeared in court, were all released on personal recognizance bonds pending trial.

Each defendant is charged with possession and distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises. Sumarnkant, Nguyen, Kim, and Yim face additional marijuana-related charges. If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

The indictment alleged that from July 27, 2011, to Sept. 25, 2012, the defendants maintained the Alternative Solutions Marijuana Dispensary at 6985 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 110, to distribute marijuana and THC. Marijuana dispensaries are not recognized under Nevada law, and it is illegal to sell marijuana in Nevada.

The investigation is being conducted as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber Craig.


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