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Men Convicted of Plan to Rob Cocaine Stash House

December 18, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – Three men have been convicted of conspiring to commit a home invasion robbery in Las Vegas in order to steal a large quantity of cocaine, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Following a three-day jury trial, Steven Golden, 23, of North Las Vegas, and Justin Spentz, 20 of Las Vegas, were convicted by a jury late in the evening on December 16, 2009, of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during crimes of drug trafficking and violence. Last week, a separate jury convicted co-defendant Leonard Jackson, 23, of Las Vegas, 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.

Golden and Spentz are scheduled to be sentenced on March 24, 2010. They face a minimum mandatory of 15 years in prison on the drug and firearm charges. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2010. He faces 10 years minimum mandatory on the drug charge. All of the defendants also face up to 20 years in prison on the robbery charge.

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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