HUNTINGTON — A Kansas man arrested in Hurricane after officers located a large quantity of meth inside his vehicle has been sentenced to serve more than a decade in federal prison.
According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Bunthia Can Thach, 39, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison after previously having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Thach was arrested Nov. 10, 2017, after an officer with the Hurricane Police Department observed a vehicle parked on the Interstate 64 exit ramp in Hurricane. The vehicle had Kansas registration plates and was not running, so the officer approached the vehicle to see if a stranded motorist was in need of help.
The officer found Thach and another person in the passenger seat. The officer saw Thach was wearing a gun holster and a loose bullet was lying in the floorboard of the vehicle. Thach told the officer he hid a handgun under the passenger seat when the officer was approaching the car.
Officers recovered the handgun with a 30-round extended magazine from under the seat. While searching the vehicle, officers also found about 54 grams of meth in a bag in the rear of the vehicle.
Thach admitted he traveled from Kansas to purchase a large quantity of marijuana, which he was going to transport to North Carolina. He also admitted he intended to sell the meth and he had brought the handgun for protection.
Officers later discovered Thach had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.