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PHONEPASEUTH PHAPHILOM # 69223-097
Register Number: 69223-097
Released On: 11/02/2015
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2,932 Marijuana Plants Seized in Fresno
Phonepaseuth Phaphilom, 27, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
Phonepaseuth Phaphilom, 27, of Fresno, was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by 36 months supervised release for conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown on an agricultural parcel on Marks Avenue in rural southwest Fresno. During the execution of a federal search warrant there, narcotics agents found Phaphilom with four other men from out of the area, 2,932 marijuana plants, and a firearm. The men claimed the plants were being grown for medical reasons. While federal law does not recognize the medical use of marijuana, several of the men acknowledged that the operation was for profit, in violation of California law. Phaphilom, who was detained pretrial based in part on a criminal history that included weapons and narcotics violations, said he was going to sell the marijuana "up North" for $800 a pound. Based on a conservative one pound per plant yield, the cultivation operation was valued at over $2.3 million. In addition, court records indicate that some of the marijuana was destined for Las Vegas. The State of Nevada does not recognize the medical use of marijuana.
The case against Phaphilom was investigated by the DEA and Fresno County Sheriff's Office.