WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The owner of a carryout seafood establishment in D.C. pleaded guilty to accusations that he was allowing drug dealers to use his restaurant for the sale of cocaine.
Suk in Hyun, 53, pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine out of the Fish Carryout store, a business he operated in NW Washington.
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced that Hyun plead guilty Thursday to the lead felony count in an indictment against him, immediately after he was cross-examined during a week-long trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Hyun, who faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison, and/or a $500,000 fine, conspired with two other men to sell cocaine out of his store, located in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW.
In July 2011, Hyun entered into an illegal arrangement with Timothy Hill, 25, and Craig McKoy, 44, accepting money from the two men in exchange for him arranging for cocaine deals to take place inside his store away from view of the police.
According to the report, 10 to 15 times a day, seven days a week, McKoy met with cocaine users near the restaurant and brought them to the store, where Hyun placed a phone call to Hill to come to the store and sell cocaine to that user.
Hill would then make the physical transfer of the cocaine to the purchaser, then pay Hyun a percentage of the sale.
On Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, 2011, two police officers made a major break in the case when they made an undercover purchase of cocaine inside the store. In both instances – one with Hill as the dealer and the other with McKoy as the dealer – Hyun facilitated the meeting with the dealers and profited from the transaction.
On Feb. 2, 2012, authorities executed a search warrant at the store and found 17 digital pocket scales used to measure the narcotics, tens of thousands of zip lock bags used to package them, and more than one pound of the illegal drug known as “K2”.
Hill pled guilty to the distribution of cocaine and is currently serving an 18-month sentence, and McKoy pled guilty to the attempted distribution of cocaine, and is currently incarcerated awaiting sentencing.
Judge Michael Ryan scheduled Hyun’s sentencing for Jan. 18, 2013.