Bail hearing today for accused in marijuana bust

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A 22-year-old man arrested in Paradise Tuesday after RNC officers seized approximately 86 pounds of marijuana from a residence was held in custody following a court appearance Thursday in St. John’s.

Louis Trung Huynh will be back in court again today for a bail hearing. He is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The street value of the marijuana seized is about $780,000.

RNC Chief Robert Johnston told members of the media Thursday that Huynh was found to have a Newfoundland and Labrador driver’s licence on him at the time of the arrest, as well as a New Brunswick driver’s licence with a different name and date of birth. He also gave an Ontario address when interviewed by police officers.

Huynh reportedly grew up in Woodbridge, Ont., but is renting an apartment in the St. John’s area.

Johnston, though he wouldn’t comment specifically about Huynh’s case, said that police have been noticing through recent drug busts that people involved in the illegal drug trade often use stash houses to store drugs.

 

“The RNC has been noticing a trend in some of the recent drug busts,” Johnston said. “The drug trade is evolving, as most of us know. People involved in this type of criminal activity are using rented houses or apartments, and some are in residential neighbourhoods, and they are using these locations as stash houses.”

Johnston also said that any significant drug seizure points to organized crime. He noted that to carry out the operation of illegal drug distribution there has to be an organized group behind it. While the RNC is having success in cracking down on the drug trade, police still need help from the public, Johnston said.

“It takes all of us to have success,” he said. “Our drug investigators are doing a great job on the files they have, but we need help from the general public, as well.”

He noted types of suspicious activity people should keep an eye out for in their neighbourhoods, and report to police, include: people coming and going at a residence at odd hours; someone always paying cash for rent; a house or apartment that appears as if no one is living there; windows completely covered and no garbage being placed out on garbage days.

“If you see any one or a number of these characteristics, give us a call and we can make a determination whether any illegal activity is taking place,” Johnston said.

Huynh was picked up outside the house in Paradise which was searched by the RNC’s drug investigation unit shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The investigation into the case is continuing. Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

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Organizations: RNC, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick Ontario Woodbridge

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  • Red
    November 23, 2012 - 11:26

    Wow I can see how the police are making all these busts they are really intelligent. I can tell that by the following statement; "People involved in this type of criminal activity are using rented houses or apartments, and some are in residential neighborhoods". Tell me where else are there houses or apartments besides residential neighborhoods? You can also find industries in industrial areas. What a waste of time and money, this is only a drop in the bucket and there's plenty more where that came from.

  • Wendy
    November 23, 2012 - 10:56

    This story is another good reason why the gov needs to legalize the stuff and collect the tax money. If it was legal and you could buy it like booze and tobacco products we wouldn't have these people bring large quantizes into our province and hiding it in stash house. I think the real problem in this province is the harder drugs like cocaine and pills. The cops need to leave the weed a lone and use their resources on harder things than weed. You never hear of a disorderly person high on weed. I also agree with everyone else regading the price of weed, its not 9000$ a pound. If the RNC are going to report on the amount a least tell the truth and get it right. They just do that to make it look more than it is actually worth.

  • Big Ozzie
    November 23, 2012 - 09:47

    Supposedly Louis Trung Huynh has a couple or more driver licenses and identities. If he is bailed, he will probably make a beeline out of the province, never to be seen again.

  • Dizzy
    November 23, 2012 - 08:44

    Apparently you don't need math to be an RNC officer....I love how they make up street values! You're not fooling anybody guys! I'll pop by the station on my lunch break and give you a calculator cause your numbers are WAY off.

  • Dan
    November 23, 2012 - 08:41

    They do this all the time! It's always a numbers game to make it sound more shocking to the public. A recent cbc special had the cops claiming a group was moving 1 - 1.5 million per month. The PUBLIC court records of that case do not support that claim at all! It's not even remotely close actually. They had actual proof of about 1/6th of that amount over the whole investigation. It's just random numbers made up in their heads to add shock value and gain public support. Just a heads up, not everyone in the public is so naive to believe everything the police and / or media tell us.

  • Robert
    November 23, 2012 - 08:35

    It does seem to be a never ending battle to quench demand. But to those who would legalize pot I would ask! If it was legal why do you think these dealers would disappear?

    • Brad
      November 23, 2012 - 11:28

      You don't see people trying to sell you beer or liquor on the streets do you?

    • Tim Jamison
      November 24, 2012 - 14:20

      They would disappear because they can't afford to sell 3 dollar grams like the government could (and does for medical purposes). If you need a historical example, look at what making alcohol illegal did for Al Capone. This War has been done before and it fails every time. We should know better by now

  • Dan
    November 23, 2012 - 08:34

    They do this all the time! It's always a numbers game to make it sound more shocking to the public. A recent cbc special had the cops claiming a group was moving 1 - 1.5 million per month. The PUBLIC court records of that case do not support that claim at all! It's not even remotely close actually. They had actual proof of about 1/6th of that amount over the whole investigation. It's just random numbers made up in their heads to add shock value and gain public support. Just a heads up, not everyone in the public is so naive to believe everything the police and / or media tell us.

  • Jarge
    November 23, 2012 - 08:27

    Hey boys, give up the green pacifier and fight the storms of life like a real man.

  • JK
    November 23, 2012 - 07:56

    Whatever you do, DON'T LEGALIZE IT -- men like Mr. Huynh would be out of a job, and the police would have less work to do!

  • Steve
    November 23, 2012 - 07:48

    Please stop publishing fake numbers. $780000 is not the street value of 82 lbs of pot. Its about half of that. Why do the police continue to lie to the people they serve?

  • the dude
    November 23, 2012 - 07:28

    Has anyone actually done the math on the supposed "street value"? 86 lb x 454 g/lb= 39009 g 39009 g x 10$/g = $390,090 which is a LITTLE less than the claim of $780,000. Let's see..... $390,090 x 2 = $780,180 It appears that they just decided to double the street value of said drugs to elevate the impact of the bust in the eyes of the public. Well, your not fooling everyone. Good work though to all involved. Our city would be at a loss without your services.

    • Louis Humphreys
      November 23, 2012 - 09:59

      Weed is 10 bucks a gram?...it was always $20

    • THE DUDE
      November 23, 2012 - 13:22

      YOU'VE BEEN GETTING RIPPED OFF THEN BUDDY!

    • Tim Jamison
      November 24, 2012 - 14:22

      20 changed to 15 back around 1998. 15 changed to 10 sometime in the early 2000s

  • H JEFFORD
    November 23, 2012 - 07:11

    I think some drugs should be legalized, In the 30s booze was outlawed, There was machine gun fights in the streets by mobsters, The stories of the Untouchables were true to life stories, Al Capon got his booze from ST. Pierre et Miquelon AL Capone built the hospital at Grand Bank, it is said he died in prison from a sexual transmitted condition. Then booze was legalized there was no more shouts in the streets, The same thing would happen if the legalized some drugs, drugs that are not as addictive, as some of the hard drugs now on the streets

  • Dan
    November 23, 2012 - 06:50

    It's weed, who cares? 50% of the population thinks it should be legal and even the USA is moving in that direction. The fact that this is not being legally sold and taxed to help pay for health care and education is ridiculous.