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Ex-FBI agent guilty in O.C. robbery plot

March 18, 2009 | 11:27 am

A former FBI agent was convicted this morning in a scheme to raid an Orange County drug house and steal  cash -- an operation that turned out to be part of a sting operation by federal agents.

Vo Duong Tran, 44, of New Orleans, was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury in Santa Ana, which reached its verdict after deliberating one day.

Tran was arrested in July and accused of planning to raid what he thought was a drug stash house in Fountain Valley. Tran meticulously planned for the raid, prosecutors said, arming himself with bulletproof vests, silencer-equipped handguns, assault rifles and 630 rounds of ammunition.

The drug house, which was said to contain $500,000 in cash, had actually been invented by federal agents mounting a sting operation. The supposed accomplice who turned Tran on to the drug house was actually an FBI informant who secretly recorded conversations with Tran.

Tran's co-defendant, Yu Sung Park, 36, of Chicago, was also convicted by the jury. The two men were convicted of conspiracy to obstruct commerce by robbery, interstate travel to commit a crime with a firearm, possession in furtherance of the crime and knowing possession of a machine gun.

--My-Thuan Tran

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