LAWFUEL – The US Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States…

LAWFUEL – The US Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that Master Sergeant
JOHN FONG of the United States Air National Guard was sentenced
today to 210 months in prison on federal narcotics charges
stemming from his importation of Ecstasy on board a U.S. Air
Force plane. The sentence was imposed by United States District
Judge JOHN G. KOELTL.FONG, 38, and his co-defendant FRANKLIN RODRIGUEZ, a
former Captain in the United States Air National Guard, both
pleaded guilty on May 19, 2006, to one count of conspiring to
import into the United States, and one count of conspiring to
possess and distribute Ecstasy. The charges were the result of
an international investigation of the importation of Ecstasy on
military aircraft and the distribution of the drug in the United
States. As set forth in the Indictment:On April 12, 2005, RODRIGUEZ and FONG flew from Germany
to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, aboard
a United States Air Force C-5A “Galaxy” cargo aircraft on which
they had hidden more than 200,000 Ecstasy pills. RODRIGUEZ also
stored Ecstasy pills and approximately $725,000 in cash in his
apartment in the Bronx, New York, and RODRIGUEZ and FONG stored
approximately 60,000 pills in an automobile in Tampa, Florida.
Judge KOELTL sentenced RODRIGUEZ to 17 ½ years’
imprisonment on October 13, 2006.

Mr. GARCIA praised the efforts of the Drug Enforcement
Administration and the members of the New York Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Strike Force, who led the investigation along
with this Office. Mr. GARCIA also thanked the military personnel
at Stewart Air National Guard Base, the United States Air Force,
Office of Special Investigations, and the United States
Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service,
for their assistance.Assistant United States Attorney DANIEL L. STEIN is in
charge of the prosecution.
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