Like an Episode of Dragnet

It's not one of your more dramatic, studio-pitch press releases from the U.S. Attorney's Office; it's no Freddy Lee Foots armored-car narrative, that's for sure. Still, I did think today's missive from The Man -- concerning a big Ecstasy bust involving 13 folks from Dallas, Plano, Euless, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Los Angeles -- deserved a mention on Unfair Park, if only for the name of the operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law-enforcement authorities. Which is? "Taste the Rainbow." (NSFW warning ahead!) You're welcome. --Robert Wilonsky


FORT WORTH, Texas - A group of 13 individuals in Tarrant County, Texas, Los Angeles County, California and Orange County, California, have been named in a federal indictment charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, known by the street name of ecstasy, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas.

Yesterday morning, Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with various local and federal law enforcement agencies, arrested 11 defendants in an operation dubbed "Taste The Rainbow," an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCEDTF) investigation into the large scale importation and sale of ecstasy. Two other defendants were previously arrested in California. Defendants arrested are:

Ngoc Nguyen, 24 of Orange County, California Stephen Sok, 25, of Los Angeles, California Patrice Le, 36, of Dallas, Texas Ruben Gutierrez, 30, of Plano, Texas Chu Yoo, 32, of Euless, Texas Long Tran, 21, of Arlington, Texas Hieu Le, 21, of Grand Prairie, Texas Jett Clifton, 23, of Dallas, Texas Peter Tran, 21, of Garland, Texas Michael Watkins, 21, of Dallas, Texas Sabrina Satterfield, 23, of Dallas, Texas Brian Dobbs, 28, of Grand Prairie, Texas Michael Atchley, 22, of Euless, Texas

Beginning in January 2006, the defendants conspired to distribute ecstasy in the Fort Worth division of the Northern District of Texas. The investigation has shown that the organization distributed hundreds of thousands of ecstasy tablets in the local area.

Initial appearances for the defendants are scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2008, before U.S. Magistrate Charles Bleil, in Fort Worth, Texas.

U.S. Attorney Roper praised the investigative efforts of the agents and officers of the DEA, Rockwall County Special Crimes Unit, Dallas County Constable, Garland Police Department, and the Arlington Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Josh Burgess, of the Fort Worth, Texas U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case.