An Alameda man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping store and distribute thousands of pills of ecstasy.
David Chong, 38, was sentenced May 16 by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. for his role in a scheme that ended with the ultimate seizure of 39,000 pills of ecstasy in 2008, authorities said.
Morrison also sentenced Robert Ly, 29, of Sacramento, to nine years in prison; Dassany "Daisy" Keohimanh, 30, of Stockton, to eight years and one month in prison; and Darryl Smith, 31, of Sacramento, to five years and 10 months in prison.
All will serve time for conspiring to distribute ecstasy and for possession with intent to distribute the drugs.
Last December, a co-defendant, James Johnson, was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. His age and city of residence were not released. Two other co-defendants, whose names were not released, are scheduled to be sentenced on May 30 for their roles in the drug trafficking scheme.
Between April and December of 2008, undercover federal agents purchased roughly 9,000 ecstasy pills, with an estimated street value of $315,000, from Johnson.
On Dec, 8, 2008, the California Highway Patrol seized 11,000 ecstasy pills from a vehicle driven by Ly after he was stopped by police on Interstate 80 near West Sacramento.
When prosecuted in federal court, drug traffickers are not eligible for early release or parole.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man on suspicion of possessing methampetamine in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue after the substance was found in a cigarette pack that he allegedly dropped on the ground. It happened as an officer was attempting to contact the man as a suspicious person because he was looking into vehicles, police said. The man was arrested about 8:45 a.m. and also booked on suspicion of violating his probation. Police arrested another individual on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia while investigating a disturbance about 1:10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Sherman Street. BURGLARY -- A bicycle was reported stolen about 10 p.m. during a burglary of a garage in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue, police said. POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY -- A probation search in the 1300 block of Marina Village Parkway led to the arrest of an individual on suspicion of possessing stolen property about 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 7:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of St. Charles Street. A vehicle reported stolen in Oakland was recovered just before 1 p.m. in the 1500 block of Mozart Street. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a woman on suspicion of drunken driving in the 1200 block of Post Street, where officers said she was initially spotted having a difficult time parking her vehicle. The arrest occurred about 10:35 p.m. OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- A man who patrol officers contacted as a suspicious person in the 900 block of Shorepoint Court after someone reported he was looking into vehicles was arrested about 5:50 p.m. after they learned he was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Virgina. The warrant stems from a case in Henrico County, where authorities told Alameda police that they would seek his extradition. BURGLARY -- Jewelry was reported stolen at 9:15 p.m. during a residential burglary in the 1200 block of Coral Reef Place. Another burglary was reported about 30 minutes later in the 300 block of Grand Street, where someone kicked in the front door of a residence and then searcched through bedroom drawers before stealing cash.
SATURDAY, MAY 18 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just after midnight in the 2900 block of Lincoln Avenue. A vehicle reported stolen in Oakland was recovered about 5:30 p.m. at Fifth Street and Central Avenue. A motorcycle was also reported stolen at 11:20 a.m. in the 300 block of Central Avenue. DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving following a traffic stop about 2:10 a.m. at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. It followed officers taking another motorist into custody for the same offense following a traffic stop about 1:40 a.m. in the 1700 block of Shore Line Drive. BURGLARY -- A residential burglary was reported about 9:05 a.m. in the 200 block of Hollister Avenue.
SUNDAY, MAY 19 VEHICLE BREAK-IN -- A vehicle break-in was reported about 4:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of Marina Village Parkway, while another theft from a vehicle was reported about 8:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of the street.
MONDAY, MAY 20 FORGERY -- A traffic stop led to an arrest just after 8 a.m. in the 1800 block of Third Street, where officers said they discovered the motorist was in possession of two fake California driver licenses. ARSON -- Police are investigating a report that someone set fire to a mattress and a computer outside a residence in the 2700 block of Fernside Boulevard. It was reported about 8:15 p.m,