(DENVER) – In an investigation led by the Arvada Police Department, in cooperation with investigators from the Office of the Attorney General, the West Metro Drug Task Force, and the Commerce City Police Department, Attorney General John Suthers announced criminal charges have been filed against Westminster’s Duy H. Nguyen, (date of birth 8/20/80).
Nguyen is alleged to be the ringleader of a criminal enterprise responsible for a string of burglaries, car thefts, and widespread drug distribution.
Over a one-year period, the gang allegedly stole at least eight cars and SUVs, committed identity theft on several occasions, and pilfered dozens of guns, along with tens-of-thousands of dollars in electronics, computer equipment, tools, appliances, jewelry, and women’s undergarments during a string of at least 19 home robberies in Arvada, Westminster, Englewood, Evergreen, Denver, and Littleton.
The 94-count indictment, which arose from a Statewide Grand Jury investigation, includes charges against ten Colorado residents for a laundry list of crimes around the west Metro area.
The indictment alleges that between October 2007 and November 2008, Nguyen ran a scheme to buy, sell, and trade illegal narcotics, including Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Nguyen is accused of fronting drugs to his associates in return for the spoils of various property crimes.
If Nguyen were to be convicted of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and 55 additional felonies, he could face up to 460 years in prison.
The indictment alleges that Nguyen would take possession of the stolen property and sell or trade it for more drugs. The indictment further alleges that Nguyen sold drugs to juveniles, employed juveniles to sell drugs, and frequently dealt narcotics near elementary schools.
After he found out about the State’s investigation, Nguyen is accused of attempting to bribe a witness using methamphetamine.
Nguyen was arrested on January 13, 2009, and is being held in Jefferson County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.
During police searches of his home, office, and car, officers uncovered two fully automatic rifles and a sawed-off rifle, as well as significant amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and 3000 Ecstasy pills, with a combined street value in excess of $55,000. Law enforcement also recovered numerous stolen items which Nguyen had apparently taken from other gang members’ loot for his personal use, including a 61” flat screen television.