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A former Seattle Police Officer pleaded guilty today. Under the terms of the plea agreement, both sides will recommend the mandatory minimum five-year sentence when CHAPACKDEE is sentenced on March 1, 2018. U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly is not bound by the recommendation and can impose any sentence up to the statutory maximum of 40 years in prison.
In his plea agreement CHAPACKDEE admits he conspired with his brother-in-law, alleged ringleader Tuan Van Le, 42, of Maple Valley, Washington; 32-year-old Phi Nguyen; and 38-year-old Samath Khanhphongphane, to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana and transport and launder the proceeds from the drug sales. CHAPACKDEE has remained in custody since his arrest in May 2017.
An investigation revealed that on multiple occasions between June 2013, and April 2017, Le made trips between Seattle and Baltimore.
While Le often flew one way or roundtrip, other members of the conspiracy made the trip by driving virtually non-stop.
The vehicles carried marijuana to the Baltimore area and the cash proceeds back to Seattle.
CHAPACKDEE participated in multiple trips driving his RV one or both ways in September, October and November, 2016.
CHAPACKDEE -- who was an SPD officer throughout the conspiracy -- admits that while he was furthering the conspiracy he was armed and carried his Seattle Police Department badge.
CHAPACKDEE, Le and the other conspirators linked up at both ends of the trip, apparently distributing drugs and the cash proceeds. Bank records indicate CHAPACKDEE deposited cash in his account in amounts just under $10,000 thereby avoiding reports to law enforcement. In his plea agreement CHAPACKDEE admits that he used his status as a police officer to cover and protect the conspiracy.
Another corrupt Cop has been held accountable. CHAPACKEE's ride is OVER !!