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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A daily methamphetamine user, Amanda Dordon – accused in a $500,000 Holland Township meth ring – wiped tears at the defense table as a federal magistrate judge read charges that carry at least 10 years in prison, and up to life.

Dordon was arraigned Friday, Nov. 16, in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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This residence, 2571 West Pine Lane in Holland Township, has been identified as a drug home and is also where landlord Kim Le was set on fire in January 2012. She later died of her injuries.


She is the first of seven, including her sister, to be arraigned on charges involving separate alleged meth rings.  Others are expected in court on Monday.

Attorney Richard Zambon entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf. Zambon asked that his client be released to the custody of her mother, who was in court, and has taken care of her daughter’s children.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman Jr. had concerns about releasing Dordon on bond because she has been a daily meth user for some time. He ordered her placed at Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program, or K-PEP where she can receive residential treatment.

Dordon was indicted with her sister, Amber Mae Dordon, and Saengchaenh “Yaa” Sengmany and Phetmany “Pit” Choummanivong of meth conspiracy.

The government is seeking forfeiture of $500,000, the amount allegedly raised in illegal drug sales. In a separate Holland Township case, Khamnmany “Thong” Phouangphet, Sengathith “Seng” Sybounma and Thavone “Lek” Khamsouksay have been indicted with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The government is seeking $250,000 as drug proceeds from that group.

Police in the Holland area have worked closely with federal agencies to rid the area of drugs, gangs and violence. Earlier this year, local, state and federal agencies conducted raids at 17 residences targeting the city’s oldest gang, the Latin Kings.

The federal government got involved in the late 1990s when gangs turned to using firebombs and burned down two houses.

Police used state warrants to search residences in the methamphetamine case.

Phouangphet, accused of maintaining a drug-involved premises at 2571 West Pine Lane in Holland from 2010 until December 2011, faces multiple drug charges. He is also accused of being a felon and illegal resident in possession of a firearm.

He is the brother of Davanh “Dat” Phouangphet, who was charged with open murder in the January death of his landlord, Kim Le. Police say he doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire at the West Pine Lake home.

The other group allegedly used multiple homes in a mobile home community, and sent “significant quantities” of meth through the U.S. Postal Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Heath Lynch wrote in the indictment.

He said they “and other members of the conspiracy unlawfully obtained methamphetamine from suppliers in locations across the United States.”



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