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* Long Lam Sentenced to 7 Years for Trafficking Ecstasy

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An Ecstasy trafficker from Oakland was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Long Lam, 36, of Oakland pleaded guilty on March 21 to conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy, distribution of Ecstasy, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition by a felon and unlawful possession of a bulletproof vest. During his plea hearing, Lam admitted to selling Ecstasy out of a restaurant in Oakland and possessing the loaded firearm and bulletproof vest.

A court-authorized wiretap provided evidence that Lam had been engaged in trafficking more than 20,000 Ecstasy pills, prosecutors said. Lam was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2008. His indictment was the result of a multi-year operation, Operation Triple Stack, led by the San Francisco offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The San Francisco and Oakland police departments also participated in the operation, which targeted a group of marijuana and Ecstasy traffickers.

The investigation was also conducted in Sacramento and Denver, which resulted in the apprehension of more than 50 traffickers. Lam is the last of 18 defendants indicted in Northern California to be convicted and sentenced. He was taken into custody immediately after the hearing to begin serving his sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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