February 5, 2013 | 9:03am
With the help of a buddy, Pakistani national Noman Saeed, an Orange County 7-Eleven clerk, plotted to sell 12 ounces of methamphetamine for $12,000 at Brea Mall in November 2010.
Saeed and partner Mohammad Masud hoped to split a $1,000 profit as a way to cushion their poor finances, according to court records.
What Saeed and Masud didn't know was that the buyers were wire-wearing, confidential informants working at the direction of a veteran Department of Homeland Security narcotics agent.
Undercover officers arrested the stunned men at the mall and a federal grand jury issued a criminal indictment.
This month inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse
in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford
dismissed Saeed's hope for 21 months of incarceration and sentenced the 29-year-old to serve 63 months in a federal prison, according to court records.
Saeed will undergo federal probation supervision for five years after he is released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Masud, born in 1983, has admitted guilt in a sealed plea deal, but has not yet learned of his punishment.