MCSO: Zaza Nails and Spa acted as front to launder drug group’s profits
ANTHEM – Zaza Nails and Spa was one of eight Valley locations raided in a drug bust on May 20.
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force, operated under the command of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, spearheaded the raids. The drug group was allegedly running an illegal marijuana growing operation and distribution ring. Eight arrests have been made, with additional warrants outstanding.
According to MCSO, Zaza Nails was operating as a money laundering front for the drug group’s profits. In a news release, MCSO identified Long Phuc Hoang, Taryn Loan Nguyen, Thuy Tammy Nguyen, and Son Manh Ngo as the heads of the Long Hoang Drug Trafficking Organization.
This drug bust was the culmination of a seven-month investigation that included undercover police work. MCSO referred to the street value of the seized marijuana as “in the millions of dollars.”
“The organization utilized two online and cellular distribution names, “Dr. Green Thumb” and “True Heath Care Marijuana Delivery” as a means of directly communicating with its customers in the Phoenix area, who were then supplied with the procured drugs by the group’s couriers,” the MCSO news release stated. “Undercover Sheriff’s deputies made numerous drug buys through texts, MMS, and cell phone calls.”
Items seized by law enforcement officials in the eight raids included 1,401 marijuana plants, cash, eight vehicles, a boat, computer equipment, and multiple guns. Warrants were served at locations around the Valley: Zaza Nails and Spa at 41111 Daisy Mountain Dr. #111, in Anthem; a house at 43506 N. 44th Ave., in Anthem West; a house at 27218 N 24th Dr., in north Phoenix; a house at 6521 W. Prickly Pear Trail, in north Phoenix; an apartment at 617 N. 3rd Ave #201, in downtown Phoenix; a house at 2924 N 72nd Dr., in south Phoenix; a building at 2421 N. Black Canyon Hwy. #B144, in south Phoenix; and a warehouse at 2425 S. 7th Ave., in south Phoenix. The 7th Ave. location was one of the largest indoor marijuana growing facilities in state history.
At this time, MCSO has arrested and booked Long Phuc Hoang, Juan Carlos Taveras, Latsamay Tongsay, Frank Junior Hoang, Son Manh Ngo, Devin Lee Gainey, Thuy Tammy Nguyen, Stuart Clayton Shorty, and Michael Davin Dood on a variety of charges. Further arrests are expected as the investigation continues.