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2/27/2014
Drug trafficking warrant issued

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A $100,000 arrest warrant has been issued for a Kent, Wash., man suspected of sending his brother to Ketchikan with 200 grams — nearly half a pound — of methamphetamine.

The warrant was issued for Viet Q. Nguyen, 45, on Wednesday after he was charged in Ketchikan District Court with a single count of third-degree controlled-substance misconduct.

According to charging documents, Nguyen and a person identified only as "AB14-1" arranged to have Nguyen’s younger brother, Phong Q. Nguyen, travel to Ketchikan from Bellingham via the Alaska Marine Highway System. The younger Nguyen then allegedly was to deliver a suitcase containing 200 grams of methamphetamine — with a potential street sale value between $60,000 and $100,000 — to hotel room where AB14-1 was staying.

AB14-1 is the identifier for a confidential informant used by the Ketchikan police in the case.

According to court records, AB14-1 was to pay for Nguyen to fly back to Seattle the same day that he arrived. Instead, Nguyen was apprehended by Ketchikan police.

At his arraignment on Monday, Phong Nguyen told the court that he was unaware of the suitcase’s contents, saying he was given the suitcase by his older brother, Viet Nguyen.