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Defendants Sentenced in Plan to Rob Cocaine Stash House

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May 20, 2010

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas man convicted of conspiring to commit a home invasion robbery in order to steal a large quantity of cocaine, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Deonte Reed, 20, of Las Vegas, was sentenced on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson. Reed was convicted by a jury in February of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during crimes of drug trafficking and violence.

Three co-defendants were sentenced in March and April to about 16 years in prison each. Steven Golden, 23, of North Las Vegas, was sentenced to 192 months in prison, and Justin Spentz, 20, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to 190 months in prison. They were convicted by a jury in December 2009 of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during crimes of drug trafficking and violence. Leonard Jackson, 23, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to 200 months in prison. Jackson was convicted by a separate jury in December 2009 of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

Between April 15 and May 15, 2008, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted a reverse sting investigation involving a number of individuals who were alleged to be involved in home invasion robberies in the Las Vegas area. The ATF agents, acting in an undercover capacity, portrayed themselves as working for Mexican organized crime as drug couriers. The undercover agents advised the defendants about the existence of a drug stash house in Las Vegas containing between 27 and 46 kilograms of cocaine. The defendants agreed to invade the house by armed force and to steal the cocaine. On the day of the planned robbery, May 15, 2008, ATF agents arrested all of the individuals who had conspired to rob the drug stash house. During the arrests, ATF recovered two firearms, including a Glock

9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine and loaded with 32 rounds of ammunition, and a Taurus 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, loaded with hollow-point bullets. Agents also recovered a ski-mask. In all, the undercover investigation by ATF resulted in the federal convictions of 14 defendants.

The investigation was conducted by ATF and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric Johnson and Michael Chu.

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