Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.
A federal grand jury in Michigan has charged an Orange County man tied to Huntington Beach with money laundering and trying to illegally sell more than 100 kilograms of high-quality marijuana.
According to U.S. Department of Justice records obtained by OC Weekly, Kenneth Hien Vu (a.k.a. Kenny Nguyen) is a leader of "a nationwide marijuana-trafficking and money-laundering enterprise."
Federal agents arrested Vu on Feb. 7 in Orange County, denied him bail because he is considered a high flight risk and have transported him to the custody of U.S. marshals in Grand Rapids.
For at least two years, Vu's alleged operation used vehicles, the United State Postal Service and United Parcel Service (UPS) to ship packages of high-quality "Cush" from California throughout the United States, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina, according to court records.
Many pot packages were mailed using a post-office-box address in Huntington Beach.
Authorities also allege that large cash revenues were masked by depositing less than $10,000 at a time in numerous bank accounts.
In one four-month period in 2012, for example, one of these alleged tainted bank accounts saw cash deposits totaling more than $1.6 million.
According to court records, federal agents have also arrested accused co-conspirator Uy Tran in Nebraska and are searching for a fugitive in the case, Dustin Castenholz of Michigan.