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Multi-state drug trafficking organization leads to federal indictment

Left: Aaron Booker. Right: Uy Nguyen. Source: Escambia and Santa Rosa County Jail log

Two men were arraigned February 8 and Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment alleges between February 2015 and December 2017, 34-year-old Uy Nguyen of California and 26-year-old Aaron Booker of Pensacola conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distrubute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

The indictment also alleges during that same time period, they conspired to launder money by transferring cash proceeds and purchasing precious metal and stones from funds of the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Nguyen's trial is scheduled for April 2 and Booker's trial is scheduled for April 16.

If convicted, the defendants face 10 years to life in prison for the drug trafficking conspiracy and a maximum of 20 years in prison for the money laundering conspiracy.

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