Four men, including two from Sacramento, were sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento for trafficking in the drug Ecstasy.
They were charged with conspiring to distribute MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, and possession with the intent to distribute MDMA, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Robert Ly, 29, of Sacramento to nine years in prison, and Darryl Smith, 31, also of Sacramento, to five years and 10 months in prison. David Chong, 38, of Alameda received a 10-year prison sentence, and Dassany "Daisy" Keohimanh, 30, of Stockton, was sentenced to eight years and one month.
In December, Judge England sentenced co-defendant James Johnson to seven years and three months in prison. Two other co-defendants are to be sentenced May 30.
According to court documents, between April and December of 2008, law enforcement agents purchased approximately 9,000 Ecstasy pills from Johnson. During the investigation, court-authorized wiretaps, surveillance and other evidence demonstrated that Chong was supplying Ecstasy using a restaurant in Alameda as a front to conduct the drug trafficking, officials said.
On Dec. 8, 2008, the California Highway Patrol seized 11,000 Ecstasy pills from a vehicle driven by Ly after he was stopped on Interstate 80 near West Sacramento. Approximately 39,000 Ecstasy pills were seized during the investigation.
Officials said the case resulted from an investigation by the DEA Sacramento District Office, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Western El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement, California Highway Patrol and the DEA San Diego Field Division into the activities of the violent Sacramento-area street gangs known as the Tiny Rascal Gangsters, or TRG, and Khom Zing Tong, KZT.