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SF Meth dealer sentenced to 10 years prison

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A man convicted of selling methamphetamines in San Francisco was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

Michael Pon, 46, was given the prison term by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco.

Pon was convicted by a jury on Chhabria’s court of one count of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and two counts of distributing it on Feb. 2 after a weeklong trial.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Abraham Simmons said evidence at the trial showed that Pon set prices, arranged for the supply and collected the proceeds for drug deals he carried out in 2014 with two co-defendants, Kenneth Ng and Flavio Lino.

Ng and Lino, who are husband and wife, were both previously convicted of the same three counts.

Ng was found guilty by Chhabria in a nonjury trial last year and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Lino pleaded guilty in 2016 to the three counts and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prosecutors said in court filings that Lino acted as a courier and played a lesser role in the deals than the two men.

Lino and Ng were both called as witnesses in Pon’s trial but refused to testify. Chhabria sentenced both to an additional six months in prison for contempt of court in declining to take the stand.

Pon and Ng were childhood friends, according to filings in the case.

The drugs in the case were sold to undercover federal agents.

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