Vancouver man gets five years in U.S. jail for selling a million-plus ecstasy pills
A Vancouver man was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison Monday for selling a massive amount of drugs in a scheme that distributed more than a million ecstasy pills.
Hon Chak Gordon Sin, a former engineer, was also fined $15,000 and will have a further three years of supervised release.
Sin kept meticulous records in a ledger police found in his Seattle apartment, showing that he had personally distribued 753,500 ecstasy pills.
"Law-enforcement officers secretly watched Sin as he sold first 1,000 ecstasy pills, and later 100,000 pills," the U.S. Attorney's office said in a news release.
"Sin was arrested at the second drug deal at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. At the Seattle apartment Sin shared with a girlfriend, agents found an additional 109,000 ecstasy pills and $81,000 in cash."
Police also found seven spare tires that had been used to smuggle the drugs.
Assistant United States Attorney Kate Crisham said Sin was a well-educated, intelligent individual with a loving family who "had been provided with many educational and professional opportunities throughout the course of his life."
"It is true that [Sin] lost a significant amount of his savings as a result of bad business investments in a restaurant franchise business, and had a difficult break-up with his fianceé," Crisham said. "But rather than working hard and going back to his prior career as an electrical engineer, [Sin] instead chose to respond to these challenges by selling drugs,” Crisham wrote in her sentencing memo.
BY PAUL BUCCI, VANCOUVER SUN
DECEMBER 21, 2009
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