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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of California

For Immediate Release

November 7, 2013

Melinda Haag, United States Attorney

Contact: Josh Eaton, Public Information Officer
(612) 664-5611

Stockton Man is Sentenced for Conspiring to Rob Cocaine "Stash House"

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ho Ly, 26, of Stockton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to three years and five months in prison for conspiring to commit a robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Ly agreed to be the getaway driver in the robbery of a "stash house"–a residence in Stockton where he and other members of the conspiracy believed that individuals were holding a large quantity of cocaine.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Hemesath is prosecuting the case.

"As the federal agency charged with fighting violent crime, ATF is committed to working with our local partner the Stockton Police Department to bring to justice those who commit these violent acts," said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl. "Anytime a criminal is willing to participate in committing an armed robbery, the public is subjected to danger."

This case is the product of "Operation Gideon IV," an ATF initiative targeting violent criminals and criminal organizations operating in Stockton. Experienced undercover ATF special agents from throughout the U.S. were deployed with local ATF agents and Stockton police officers to conduct covert investigations into some of the most violent criminals in Stockton and surrounding areas. As a result of this partnership, 52 federal defendants were charged and 19 state prosecutions. The operation also resulted in the seizure of 84 firearms, 36 pounds of methamphetamine, and 21 pounds of marijuana.