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Meth Bust Complaint

Meth Bust Complaint

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The criminal complaint charging Koua Yang with drug dealing lays out the case against him and others in a national methamphetamine drug ring.
The criminal complaint charging Koua Yang with drug dealing lays out the case against him and others in a national methamphetamine drug ring.

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NAME:first,middle,lastKOUAYANGAKA
"Jimmy"
DateofBirth9/22/79MNCIS#:LE#:SILSID:TRACKID:27-CR-12-137933338992557660VS.DEFENDANT,23193RDSTNUPPPERMINNEAPOLIS,MN55411Complainant,AndrewMento,oftheFederalBureauofInvestigation-MinneapolisOffice,hasinvestigatedthefactsandcircumstancesofthisoffenseandbelievesthefollowingestablishesprobablecause:Yourcomplainant,AndrewJ.Mento,Jr.,isaSpecialAgentoftheFederalBureauofInvestigation(FBI),UnitedStatesDepartmentofJustice,andIhavebeensoemployedforapproximately21years.IampresentlyassignedtotheMinneapolisOfficeoftheFBI,specificallytotheOrganizedCrime/Drug/Fugitive/ViolentCrimeand.MajorOffenderSquad.InJuly2011,aconfidentialinformant(CI#l)providedinformationtoasergeantwiththeSt.PaulPoliceDepartment(SPPD)thatanindividualknowntoCI#Ias"JIMMY"wasaMenaceofDestruction(MOD)gangmemberwhowasinvolvedinthedistributionoflargequantitiesofmethamphetamineintheMinneapolis-St.Paularea.CI#lidentifiedaphotographofKOUAYANG,Defendantherein,asthepersonknowntoCI#las"JIMMY."InlateJanuaryandearlyFebruary2012,aconfidentialinformant(CI#2)providedinformationtoFBIagentsregardinganindividualknowntoCI#2as"CHINO"or"JIMMY."Agentssubsequentlyidentified"CHINO"asDefendantKOUAYANGAKA"JIMMY."CI#2advisedthat"CHINO"wasanAsianmalewhowasinvolvedinthedistributionofmethamphetamine.CI#2admittedtoselling"CHINO"multiple-poundquantitiesofmethamphetamineweeklyforthepast9months.CI#2alsostatedthat"CHINO"workswithaMexicanmalenamed"JOSE."CI#2drovewithagentsto"CHINO's"residenceandidentifiedthatresidenceas255183rdAvenueNorth,BrooklynPark,Minnesota.Agentswereawarethatthisistheresidenceof
KOVA
YANGAKA"JIMMY"Agents
FORM-JREV.12/95
 
Page2werealsoawarefromfurtherinvestigationthatYANGwasworkingwithapersonnamedJOSEROLANDO
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SALGADO,Defendantherein,inthedistributionofmethamphetamine.CI#2alsoprovidedinformationtoFBIagentsregardingaMexicanmaleknownbythestreetnameof····"SHeRT~'~>Agentssubsequently>identified·"SHORT'··as·PELlXLOPEZ"MARTINEZAKA"'SHORT;"Defendantherein.CI#2advisedthat"SHORT"isanassociateoftheLaFamiliaMichoacanaMexicandrugcartelandissupplyinglargeamountsofmethamphetamineintheMinneapolisandSt.Paul,Minnesota,metroareas.CI#2suppliedagentswith"SHORT's"telephonenumberandindicatedthat"SHORT"communicatesdirectlywithindividualsinMexicowhosupplyhimwithmethamphetamine.CI#2alsoadvisedthat"DANIEL"isadistributorofmethamphetaminewhoworkswithSHORT.Agentssubsequentlyidentified"DANIEL"asDANIELSAMORANO,Defendantherein.AccordingtoCI#2,"DANIEL"alsosolddrugsforanindividualknowntoCI#2as"PELL"CI#2providedfurtherinformationaboutamultiplepoundmethamphetaminedealernicknamed"PELl,"whoalsoisassociatedwiththeLaFamiliadrugcartel,"PELl"wassubsequentlyidentifiedasPEDROAYALA-LEYVAAKA"PELl,"Defendantherein.CI#2indicatedthat"PELl"staysataresidenceinBrooklynPark.CI#2tookofficerstotheresidence,whichwaslocatedat7904XerxesCourtNorth,BrooklynPark,Minnesota,andadvisedthattheresidenceisusedasa"stashhouse"tostoreillegaldrugs.CI#2indicatedthat,inadditionto"DANIEL,"individualsknowntohimas"RENE"and"MARIO"alsoselldrugsfor"PELl."CI#2identified"MARIO"asMARIOALBERTOCASTROAKA"BONBON,"Defendantherein,andprovidedtheFBIwithCASTRO'scellulartelephonenumber.YourcomplainantandotherlawenforcementofficersconductedanumberofcontrolledpurchasesofmethamphetaminefromDefendantKOVAYANGAKA"JIMMY"andhiscoconspiratorsduringthesecondhalfof2011.BeginningJanuary31,2012,yourcomplainantandotherlawenforcementofficers,pursuanttocourtorder,interceptedwireandelectroniccommunicationson(612)203-3458(TargetTelephone#1orTT#I),atelephoneusedbyYANG.WhenYANGswitchedtelephones,agentsbeganinterceptingwireandelectroniccommunicationsonYANG'snewcellulartelephonenumber,(612)232-6159(TargetTelephone#3orTT#3).ConversationsonthesetelephoneshavebeenbothinEnglishandintheHmonglanguage.ThoseinHmonghavebeentranslatedintoEnglishbyinterpretersfromtheS1.PaulPoliceDepartment.BeginningFebruary9,2012,yourcomplainantandotherofficers,pursuanttocourtorder,interceptedwireandelectroniccommunicationson(612)223-0527(TargetTelephone#2orTT#2),atelephoneusedbyacoconspirator,DefendantDANIELSAMORANO.ConversationsonthistelephonehavebeenbothinSpanishandinEnglish.ThoseinSpanishhavebeentranslatedintoEnglishbyFBIlinguists.Asaresultofmypersonalparticipationinthisinvestigation,interviewswithotherlawenforcementofficersandinformants,analysisofreportssubmittedbyotherlawenforcementofficers,analysisofpenregistersandtollrecords,andmonitoringoftelephonecallsandShortMessageSystemcommunications(textmessages)toandfromTT#I,TT#2,andTT#3,yourcomplainantisfamiliarwiththecircumstancesoftheoffensesdescribedinthiscomplaint.ThisinvestigationhasrevealedthattheDefendantshereinarepartofadrugtraffickingorganization(DTO)thatobtainsmethamphetaminefromMexicansourcesofsupplyanddistributesthemethamphetaminethroughouttheTwinCitiesmetroareaandintoGreaterMinnesota.TheDTOincludesmultiplelevelsofmethamphetaminesuppliers-fromthosesuppliersatthetopwhoobtainmethamphetaminefromMexicoand/ortheWestCoast,downthroughmultiplehandstothosedistributorsatthebottomwhosellittousersattheretailor"street"level.July21,2011:ControlledPurchaseofOneOunceofMethamphetaminefromYANGOnJuly21,2011,aconfidentialreliableinformant(CRI)madecontactwithKOVAYANGAKA"JIMMY."YANGmettheCRIattheSuper8Motellocatedat6445JamesCircle,BrooklynCenter,HennepinCounty,
Minnesota,
forthepurposeofsellingtheCRIaquantityofmethamphetamine.YANGmetwiththeCRIinroom219
and
soldtheCRIapproximatelyoneounceofsuspectedmethamphetamine.TheCRIpaidYANGwith$1,600.00in
 
Page3pre-recordedbuyfunds.YANGandtheeRIdiscussedfuturesalesofmethamphetaminetotheCklbyYANGandYANGadvisedthe
Ckl
thathecouldselltheeRIonepoundofmethamphetamineforbetween$18,000.00and$20,000.00.TheCRIcompletedthetransactionandleftthehotel...··----Agents-maintained··surveillance···of·the·CRlandfollowed-the·CRlto···ameetifig····lbcatiofi;····where··theyfecovered·······approximatelyoneounceofsuspectedmethamphetaminefromtheCRI.ThesubstancewastestedbytheSPPDcrimelaboratoryandtestedpositiveforthepresenceofmethamphetamine.August4,2011:ControlledPurchaseofTwoOuncesofMethamphetaminefromYANGandKAOXIONGOnAugust3,2011,acallwasmadetoYANG'snewcellulartelephonenumber(hissecondtelephonenumbersincetheinceptionoftheinvestigation).Thecallwasmadeusingthespeakerphonefeature,andyourcomplainantwasabletolistentotheconversation,whichwasbothintheHmonglanguageandinEnglish.WheninformedthattheCRIwantedtobuy"2,"YANGresponded,
"I'm
gonnagograbthat2."YANGalsosaid,"2for3400."Basedonmyexperienceandtraining,yourcomplainantbelievesthatYANGwasreferringtothesaleoftwoouncesofmethamphetaminefor$3,400.00.OnAugust4,2011,theCRIdroveto2939AldrichAvenue,Minneapolis,Minnesota,theresidenceof
KAO
XIONG
AIKJ
A"MILK,"aco-conspiratorofYANG.SurveillanceagentsobservedYANG,drivingablackBMWwithWisconsinlicensenumberG8271P,driveintothealleybehind2939AldrichAvenue.YANGmetwiththeCRIinsidethegarageof2939AldrichAvenue.TheCRrenteredYANG'sBMWanddiscussedtheimpendingmethamphetaminepurchase.KAOXIONGalsoenteredtheBMWandthethreemenleft2939AldrichAvenue.SurveillanceofficersfollowedYANG'svehicleto255183rdAvenueNorth,BrooklynPark,HennepinCounty,Minnesota,YANG'sresidence.AccordingtotheCRI,YANGpulledhisvehicleintothegarageathisresidence.KAOXIONGexitedtheBMWandretrievedabriefcasefrominsidethegarageandhandedthebriefcasetoYANG,whowasstillseatedintheBMWwiththeCRI.YANGopenedthebriefcaseandremovedtwoclearplasticbagsofsuspectedmethamphetamineandhandedthemtotheCRI.Whileinsidethegarage,theCRrpaidYANGwith$3,400.00inpre-recordedbuyfunds.AgentsmettheeRIandrecoveredfromhimapproximatelytwoouncesofsuspectedmethamphetamine.ThedrugsweretestedbytheSPPDCrimeLaboratoryandtestedpositiveassuch.August24.2011:ControlledPurchaseofThreeOuncesofMethamphetaminefromYANGandSALGADOOnAugust24,2011,theeRIparticipatedinaseriesofrecordedtelephonecallsandtextmessageswithYANG,whowasnowonhisfourthtelephonenumbersinceJuly2011.YANGaskedtheCRr,"Sowhatexactlydoyouwant,ahh,me,ahh,togetreadyforyou?"TheeRIreplied,"Getmethreefornow."YANGreplied,"Cool."TheCRrthenstated,"Getmethreereadyfornowandthenwe'lltalkmoreonthenumberswhenIgetthere."YANGreplied,"Let'sdothat,man."Laterthesameday,theCRIreceivedthreedrug-relatedtextmessagesfromYANG.Themessagesread:"Heybro,howmuchyoubringwithyou???Orhowmuchyougoingtouseonthis???Justwanttoknow,soiknowwhattobringwithme.Imaskingfor$1,800for10z";"ShitistheBEST.Youandmejustwaitingfortheroom#";and"Ameriinnacrossmotel8room414."Thesameday,theCRIdrovetotheAmericlnn,2050FreewayBoulevard,BrooklynCenter,HennepinCounty,Minnesota.Bytextmessage,YANGdirectedtheCRItoRoom414.TheCRIenteredRoom414andwasgreetedbyYANG,whointroducedtheCRIto"JOSE,"whomhecalledhis"partner."BaseduponasubsequentreviewofthesurveillanceDVD,agentswereabletoidentify"JOSE"asDefendantJOSEROLANDOSALGADO.YANGinformedtheeRIthathewantedtheCRItopurchasemethamphetaminefromhimonaweeklybasis.The

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