Canadian man distributed nearly $10 million in drugs from LA area, FBI says – The Pasadena Star-News

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A Canadian man was arrested this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of distributing an estimated $9.8 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine from the Los Angeles area to Canada through semi-truck drivers, federal officials announced Saturday, Sept. 3.
Sam Nang Bou, 40, of Edmonton, Canada was arrested Thursday night and was being held without bail, spokesman Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Over the past year, Bou allegedly traveled to Southern California to “handle the delivery of large shipments of drugs to long-haul semi-truck drivers,” Mrozek said. In all, Bou was allegedly linked to seizures of more than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine and 333 pounds of cocaine across eight deliveries.
A more specific timeline of the deliveries was not disclosed by officials.
Bou was accused of stashing the drugs in two separate Alhambra homes, Mrozek said, adding that most of the seizures started with Bou leaving one of the two homes.
He was accused of delivering boxes and duffel bags filled with narcotics to various Southern California locations. The boxes and duffel bags were then loaded into the passenger compartments of the trucks, according to court documents.
Federal officials seized 500 pounds of methamphetamine from one shipment, Aug. 23, Mrozek said. Another shipment sent to Hesperia and intercepted in Arizona, June 28, contained 105 kilograms of cocaine.
Shortly after Bou’s arrest, law enforcement also found 48 kilograms of suspected cocaine inside two hidden compartments in a minivan Bou had locked up in a storage facility in Pasadena, Mrozek said.
The cocaine trafficking offense has a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison, Mrozek said.
“Bou has distributed drugs with a value of at least $9.8 million in Los Angeles, and likely several times that amount if exported and resold in Canada,” officials said in an affidavit.
Bou made his first court appearance Friday, but did not enter a plea. He was scheduled to return to court, Sept. 22.
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