BRANDON, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi man, labeled drug kingpin by prosecutors, will spend 40 years in jail for selling ecstasy.
Thuan Van Tran, 21, struck a deal with author ties in Madison and Rankin Counties and pleaded guilty to two counts of selling ecstasy. Tran was sentenced to 60 years in jail, with 20 years of that sentence suspended.
Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest said Tran sold thousands of doses of ecstasy and meth; moving large amounts of drugs into our state.
"Thuan Van Tran was a drug kingpin who sold thousands of doses of ecstasy and methamphetamine using sources from California, Georgia and Mississippi. He was moving large amounts of illegal drugs into Mississippi with the goal of putting them onto our streets," Guest said.
In the summer of 2008 law enforcement began purchasing drugs from Tran. Over a three month period an undercover agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, who was wired with audio equipment and was often under video surveillance, purchased thousands of dollars of ecstasy and other drugs from Tran on five different occasions.
During the sixth and final sell, Tran was arrested by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics as he was attempting to sell 2000 dosage units of ecstasy for $11,000.00.
Those sales occurred in Rankin, Madison, and Simpson Counties. Tran pleaded guilty to two counts of selling ecstasy.