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Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum

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OR TOBACCO COMPLIANCE TASK FORCE SEARCHES PORTLAND AREA LOCATIONS CONNECTED WITH SUNRISE WHOLESALE

February 28, 2005

On Wednesday, February 23, 2005, the Oregon Tobacco Compliance Task Force (TCTF) executed search warrants at two separate addresses in the Portland area for evidence of the illegal distribution and sale of untaxed tobacco products by Sunrise Wholesale.

The warrants were executed on the residence, located in the Happy Valley area, and a Clackamas County storage facility associated with Sunrise Wholesale. Sunrise Wholesale is owned and operated by Huan Viet Nguyen (a.k.a. Ed), 43 years of age, and Thu-Nhi Thi Nguyen (a.k.a. Vivian), 35, of Portland, Oregon.

The search warrant execution resulted in the seizure of contraband tobacco products and numerous business records. Both Nguyens were arrested and taken into custody on the charge of Engaging in Business as a Tobacco Products Distributor without a License, a class C Felony. Prosecutors intend to present additional charges to a grand jury.

Under Oregon law, tobacco product distributors must be licensed by the Oregon Department of Revenue. Sunrise Wholesale was previously licensed to sell tobacco products in Oregon, but that license was revoked in November 2004.

The Tobacco Tax Compliance Task Force was created by the 2001 Oregon Legislature to enforce the laws of Oregon related to tobacco products and to ensure that all taxes on tobacco products are paid. The Task Force, which works closely with federal partners, includes staff from the Oregon Department of Revenue, the Oregon State Police, and the Oregon Department of Justice.

Contact:

Kevin Neely, Justice, (503) 378-6002
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