Iranian Sentenced In Cocaine Sting
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An Iranian who tried to buy cocaine worth $62,000 only to discover he was dealing with an undercover federal drug agent has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ali Reza Naimi Mohases, 34, bought two kilograms, about 4.4 pounds, of what was represented as cocaine from an agent in April, when he was free on $300,000 bond pending sentencing in a federal money-laundering case, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie L. Levenson.
Mohases was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge James M. Ideman, who also fined him $25,000 for conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine.
Mohases has been sentenced to five years in prison on the money-laundering charge.
A jury is deliberating a cocaine conspiracy charge against Mark Steven McFarlane, 30, of San Clemente, who was arrresed with Mohases. He was free on bail at the time pending an appeal of a 25-year prison term in another drug case, authorities said.