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In Charlotte, NC on November 5, 2020 a meth trafficking investigation sent several people to prison. Chha Chham, 43, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release. Kong Sayavong, 40, was sentenced to nine years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Hannah Olivia Secrest, 23, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release.

From 2018 to September 2019, Chham, Sayavong, and Secrest, were involved in a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in Catawba County, NC and elsewhere.

Court files show that Chham was the leader of the drug conspiracy, and obtained the methamphetamine from a supply source in California. According to court documents, co-conspirator David Alexander Moralez, Jr. worked at a shipping company in California as a mail clerk, and was responsible for mailing packages containing methamphetamine from California to traffickers on the East Coast, including Chham. Sayavong and Secrest were Chham’s local drug distributors.

Sayavong was also responsible for arranging drug shipments with Moralez, and Secrest frequently picked up the packages shipped by Moralez and collected drug proceeds for Chham. Chham, Sayavong, and Secrest sent drug proceeds back to California via Walmart-to-Walmart transfers and bank deposits, to pay for, among other things, Moralez’s fees and expenses.

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Chham, Sayavong and Secrest previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sayavong also pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On October 21, 2020, a federal jury convicted Moralez of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and money laundering conspiracy. Moralez is currently awaiting sentencing.