Federal law enforcement officials are detaining an Orange County convicted felon for once again possessing a weapon while selling cocaine and methamphetamine.
According to a grand jury indictment, police officers found Doc Huu Nguyen with more than three pounds of cocaine plus two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine as well as a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun and 16 rounds of ammunition.
Prosecutors inside the U.S. Department of Justice want Nguyen to remain in pre-trial custody, deeming him a serious flight risk because he faces a potential federal prison term of more than a decade; previously falsified his identity; and ignored prior parole conditions.
Orange County Superior Court records show local authorities have convicted Nguyen seven times since 2009 for drug trafficking, weapons possession and multiple commercial burglaries.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, the case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter with a scheduled trial date due in coming weeks.
The 44-year-old defendant–who was arrested by a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent and is represented by a public defender–has not yet entered a plea.
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