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Fri, Dec. 13

Trials delayed for Chinese suspects

The trial date for a Chinese national arrested with two companions and charged with transporting marijuana along Interstate 40 in October was postponed in a hearing Friday until September.

Gang Nun Lin was arrested Oct.

17 along with two other Chinese nationals traveling on Interstate 40 in two separate vehicles.

Lin, 30, is charged with felony transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale.

He is in custody on a $45,000 bond.

Lin's trial was set for Aug.

18.

However, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Craig Friesner asked for a month delay to allow more time to prepare and arrange witnesses.

The trial, now scheduled to begin Sept.

29, is expected to last three to four days.

Lin's codefendant, Xiaoya Steven Sun, 22, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, misconduct involving a weapon, transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale.

Sun's hearing Thursday to set a trial date was also postponed until September.

Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss set Sept.

11 as the next hearing for Xiaoya Steven Sun.

That would be the last day for filing motions, and a trial date could be set then.

Sun, 22, is being held without bond.

Sun's attorney, Scott Furstman of California, said he plans to file motions to suppress evidence as well as evidence from Sun's burglary conviction from Utah.

The third codefendant, Zhao Yang, 22, already pleaded guilty in June to felony transportation of marijuana for sale and was sentenced last month to three and a half years in prison.

Yang, 22, had been charged with transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale, both felonies.

During the traffic stop about four miles west of Kingman, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer stopped Lin and Sun driving in a rental car.

The officer frisked Lin and Sun and while patting down the two suspects he allegedly felt a handgun under Sun's jacket.

Sun pulled away and allegedly pulled the gun out of his jacket and pointed it at the officer.

The officer then shot Sun in a thigh.

Sun was taken to a Phoenix hospital where he was treated for a leg wound.

Yang was driving a similar make of rental car when he was stopped on I-40 near Ashfork.

DPS officers allegedly discovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana in each car.

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