OAKLAND -- An Oakland ecstasy dealer who plied his illegal craft at a city restaurant was sentenced to seven years in prison, authorities announced Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton also sentenced Long Lam, 36, to three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty in March to all five charges in an indictment filed by a federal grand jury in 2008, federal prosecutors said. Lam was sentenced Tuesday.
Lam pleaded guilty to distributing ecstasy, conspiring to distribute the drug, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and unlawful possession of a bulletproof vest, authorities said.
In his plea, Lam admitted that he sold ecstasy out of an Oakland restaurant. The name of a restaurant was not disclosed.
Lam also admitted that he was overheard in a court-authorized wiretap engaging in ecstasy-trafficking transactions involving more than 20,000 pills.
A multiyear drug trafficking operation called Operation Triple Stack, led by the San Francisco offices of the FBI and supported by the San Francisco and Oakland police departments, resulted in 18 convictions, prosecutors said, with Lam's being the final one.
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