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Seattle Field Division - 2010 Releases

Seattle Man Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison For Drug and Gun Crimes

December 17, 2010

ERIC BARQUET, 31, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 63 months in prison and four years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. BARQUET came to the attention of law enforcement in May 2009, when he sold crack cocaine to a person working with law enforcement. BARQUET engaged in the drug sales, during the same period of time when his brother, Cedric Barquet, was on trial for drug dealing. Cedric Barquet was sentenced last February to 12 years in prison. At sentencing today Chief Judge Robert S. Lasnik said to BARQUET, how you could sit in this courtroom and watch Cedric go down on a 12 year prison term and still sell cocaine is mind boggling.... It's awful. More »

Seattle Man Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Running Drug Distribution Conspiracy While Incarcerated

December 17, 2010

TARIQ MUSAWWIR, aka TURK, 26, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 115 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, marijuana, and oxycontin. MUSAWWIR pleaded guilty on June 15, 2010. MUSAWWIR was arrested on February 25, 2010, following a traffic stop and foot chase. Throughout the month of March 2010, while in the King County Jail, MUSAWWIR continued to run his drug distribution enterprise, directing co-conspirators to deliver and sell narcotics. The instructions were recorded on the King County Jail telephone call recording system. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the sentence. More »

Monroe Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Meth Distribution and Weapons Charges

December 10, 2010

MICHAEL ANTHONY JOHNSON, 38, of Monroe, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 20 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for four counts related to illegal drugs and weapons. JOHNSON was convicted by a jury on May 18, 2010 following a week-long trial. More »

Six Anchorage Drug Dealers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

December 8, 2010

Anchorage, Alaska — Acting United States Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that six drug dealers recently pled guilty in federal court in Anchorage to the charge of conspiracy in relation to controlled substance trafficking. More »

Kitsap County Repeat Offender Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Drug Dealing

December 6, 2010

38-year-old Port Orchard man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. JOHN CLARKE HAMILTON was arrested in May 2010, after he fired shots at another person. Two months earlier, law enforcement officers had executed a court ordered search warrant at an apartment in Silverdale, Washington, and found a bag belonging to HAMILTON that contained packing materials, scales, a drug ledger, $5,000 in cash, a loaded Ruger, .45 caliber handgun, and approximately 280 grams of pure methamphetamine. When officers searched HAMILTON’s car after the shooting, they found another four firearms. More »

Boise Gang Member Sentenced for Gun Crime

November 29, 2010

John Anthony Sanchez, 29, of Boise, Idaho, and a member of the Lost Soul Trece gang, was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, who also ordered Sanchez to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. More »

Olympia Man Arrested for Selling Guns to Felon

November 22, 2010

DAVID DEVENNY, 68, of Olympia, Washington, was arrested today after selling firearms to a convicted felon and a second prohibited person. According to the complaint, DEVENNY sold the guns to a convicted felon and a person with a domestic violence conviction. DEVENNY knew that both purchasers were prohibited from possessing firearms because of those convictions. Both the felon and the person with the domestic violence conviction were working with law enforcement at the time of the purchases in February and November 2010. At the time of the arrest today, ATF agents recovered 42 guns and $32,000 in cash. DEVENNY will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 today. Prosecutors will ask that he remain in custody pending a detention hearing next week More »

Spanaway Felon Convicted of Drug and Gun Crimes

November 4, 2010

BERNARD CURTIS DAVIS, 29, of Spanaway, Washington, was convicted this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for being a felon in possession of a firearm, for being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The jury deliberated about eight hours following a three day jury trial. More »

Seattle Man Who Distributed Heroin In Both Eastern And Western Washington Gets Long Prison Term

October 15, 2010

JUAN GABRIEL RUMBO ROSAS, 31, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release for distribution of heroin. RUMBO ROSAS was the subject of two unrelated investigations of heroin distribution – one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. Both cases were consolidated in the Western District of Washington. RUMBO ROSAS has an extensive history of prior drug arrests. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the mandatory minimum sentence. More »

Tacoma Felon Gets Ten Year Prison Term For Gun Possession

October 1, 2010

BERNARD GLENN, aka “BK Boo,” 34, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. GLENN was convicted in February 2010, following a two day jury trial. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton told GLENN, “thus far in your life you haven’t seen any reason to change your lifestyle. … You represent a danger to the community.” More »

Chehalis Man Convicted of Fraud and Gun Charges Related to 2007 Mail Box Explosion

September 29, 2010

KEVIN W. WILLIAMS, 45, of Chehalis, Washington, was convicted today of nine federal felony charges following a seven day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan. The jury deliberated about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts: three counts of wire fraud, extortion, possession of a firearm without a serial number, destruction of a letter box, two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm (pipe bomb and zip gun), and making a false official statement. WILLIAMS was immediately taken into custody. He faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 23, 2010. More »

Two Spokane Meth Dealers Sentenced to Prison

September 10, 2010

Today, James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Michael David Luce, age 31, and Amanda G. McIntyre, age 29, both residents of Spokane, were sentenced for their roles in the distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm. More »

Leader of Anchorage Drug Ring Sentenced to 65 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Firearm Crimes

September 9, 2010

United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on September 9, 2010, Juan Manuel Mendiola, of Anchorage, was sentenced to 65 years in prison without the possibility of parole on drug trafficking conspiracy and firearms charges. Senior United States District Judge James K. Singleton imposed the sentence on Mendiola, age 28. More »

Cigarette Wholesaler Sentenced for Trafficking in Untaxed Cigarettes

September 3, 2010

MATTHEW M. CUNNINGHAM, a tobacco products distributor in New Mexico, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $21,545,000 in restitution for Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments. More »

Two of Dollison Family Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cocaine Distribution

August 27, 2010

Karen L. Loeffler, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska announced that on August 27, 2010, two members of the Dollison Family were sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for cocaine distribution. More »

Grand Jury Indicts Honolulu Man for Fireworks Offenses

August 26, 2010

A federal grand jury indicted Honolulu resident Brandon C. Haleamau, age 26, yesterday on three charges of transporting display fireworks without a license, one charge of importing display fireworks from China by means of a false declaration, and one charge of structuring financial transactions totaling over $1.1 million to evade federal currency transaction reporting requirements. More »

Kitsap County Repeat Offender Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Gun Crimes

August 24, 2010

David Glenn Harrison, 27, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Harrison was arrested in June 2009 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. More »

Anchorage Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Firearms Crime

August 20, 2010

An Anchorage man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Acting United States Attorney Kevin Feldis announced today that Eric Suggs, 36, of Anchorage, Alaska, was indicted for one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The one-count indictment named Suggs as the sole defendant. More »

Pierce County Repeat Offender Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Drug and Gun Crimes

August 13, 2010

JOSHUA TIMOTHY RODGERS, 52, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being armed during commission of a drug trafficking crime. RODGERS was arrested December 16, 2009. More »

Federal Way Resident Sentenced to 7+ Years in Prison for Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

August 6, 2010

Jonathan Jose Espinoza, 19, of Federal Way, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 87 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. Espinoza was convicted by a federal court jury April 20, 2010, following a five day trial. More »

Anchorage Drug Dealer Sentenced to 100 Months in Federal Prison

August 5, 2010

United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on August 4, 2010, Ishmael Schmidt, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 100 months imprisonment for his conviction of distribution of crack cocaine, attempted distribution of crack cocaine, and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as possession of firearm during a drug-trafficking offense. More »

Thirteen People Indicted on Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

July 23, 2010

Thirteen people were indicted this week by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. All thirteen have been arrested. Initial appearances were held for 12 of the 13 defendants on July 20, 2010. A trial has been scheduled for September 13, 2010. More »

Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy and Money Laundering

July 21, 2010

United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on July 16, 2010, Gilberto Gonzalez, a.k.a. “Toro,” a.k.a. Victor Manuel Reyes, a citizen of Mexico who illegally returned to the United States after a prior conviction for drug trafficking, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 20 years of imprisonment for his conviction of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, and money laundering. More »

Operation Archangel Nets 19 Federal Arrests

July 14, 2010

Today, James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced the culmination of Operation Archangel, a law enforcement operation targeting area gang members and their associates who are involved in the illegal distribution of controlled substances and related crimes, including firearms violations, occurring in the Spokane regional area. More »

Anchorage Gang Member Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in Drug and Gun Conspiracy

July 12, 2010

United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today, July 12, 2010, that Phonesavanh Vongthongdy, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced to17 years imprisonment for his role in a violent, multi-defendant drug conspiracy. More »

Cigarette Broker and Warehouse Co-Owner Sentenced for Trafficking in Untaxed Cigarettes

July 9, 2010

Two people who conspired to sell contraband cigarettes to tribal smoke shops in Washington were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to prison terms and tens of millions in restitution for their criminal conspiracy. RICK CONN, a cigarette broker based in California, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and more than $20 million in restitution for Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments. More »

Yakima Valley Sweep Nets Fifteen

July 1, 2010

James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced the culmination of a multi-agency gang enforcement operation in the Yakima valley. More »

Leader of Anchorage Drug Ring Convicted of Conspiracy and Possessing Machine Guns and Firearms in Furtherance of Conspiracy

June 21, 2010

JUAN HERNANDEZ, 54, of Marietta, Georgia, was sentenced in federal court today relating to a plot to hire a hitman to commit murder. More »

Man Charged in Pipe Bomb Case

June 17, 2010

Larry Fairfax, 49, of Sagle, Idaho, was charged by complaint yesterday with the manufacture and possession of destructive devices. An initial court appearance was held on June 16, and the defendant was ordered temporarily detained by the presiding U.S. Magistrate Judge. A detention hearing has been set for June 21, 2010, at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, Fairfax admitted that he had built two pipe bombs as part of a murder-for-hire plot. More »

Swinomish Tribal Members Sentenced for Contraband Cigarette Scheme

June 16, 2010

Two members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, C. MARVIN WILBUR, 72, his wife, JOAN C. WILBUR, 73, and their daughters-in-law, APRIL M. WILBUR, 45, and BRENDA R. WILBUR, 50, were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes. The WILBURs owned and operated the Trading Post at March Point on the Swinomish Indian Reservation near Anacortes, Washington. C. MARVIN WILBUR was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and 3 years of supervised release for the cigarette trafficking conspiracy and for conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. More »

Methamphetamine Dealer Gets 17.5 Years in Federal Prison

June 15, 2010

James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that yesterday, Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez, age 34, originally from Mexico and formerly residing in Pasco, was sentenced to 210 months in prison. While it is expected that Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez will be deported from the United States, he will be under federal court supervision for the rest of his life, should he attempt to return to the United States. More »

Renton Resident Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Cocaine Trafficking

June 11, 2010

FLORENCIO VILLA-CRUZ, aka Rodolfo Salas-Zarate, 27, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. VILLA-CRUZ is a Mexican citizen who likely will be deported following his prison term. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard S. Jones noted that VILLA-CRUZ was involved in a very large drug distribution ring. More »

Last of Four Family Members Convicted in Federal Court of Cocaine Conspiracy and Distribution

June 9, 2010

Acting United States Attorney Kevin Feldis announced that on June 8, 2010, the last of four Anchorage family members charged with federal narcotics crimes pled guilty today in federal court in Anchorage to distribution of crack cocaine and drug conspiracy. More »

Repeat Offender Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

May 28, 2010

LEONEL MARIN-TORRES, 40, a Cuban national living in Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 16 years in prison and 8 years of supervised release for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. MARIN-TORRES was arrested March 25, 2009, and was convicted following a jury trial March 2, 2010. More »

Boise Man Sentenced for Gun and Drug Crimes

May 18, 2010

Michael Robert Hoaglen, 49, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 295 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also order Hoaglen to serve five years supervised release following his prison term, and required him to pay a $2000 fine. Hoaglen had entered a guilty plea to the charges in February 2010. More »

Albany Man Receives 10-Year Sentence for Burning Pregnancy Alternatives Center

April 20, 2010

David Allen Rios, 31, of Albany, Oregon, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Hogan to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release. Rios had earlier entered a guilty plea to committing arson at the Pregnancy Alternatives Center in Lebanon, Oregon. More »

Felon Who Fired Shots Over I-5 Freeway Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

April 2, 2010

RICHARD FLOYD BLAKE, 32, a transient living in a wooded area in north Seattle, was sentenced yesterday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. BLAKE was responsible for the gunfire on August 28, 2009, that shut down Interstate 5 in both directions around 9:30 in the evening. More »

ATF Conducts Large Scale Disposal of Illegal Explosives on Island of Saipan

April 2, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today they will be conducting a large scale disposal operation of hazardous illegal explosives devices on the island of Saipan. The disposal will be conducted in partnership with the Common Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Department of Public Safety, CNMI Department of Public Works and the Saipan Fire Department. More »

ATF K-9’s Help Protect Spokane NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

March 19, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s NCAA tournament is a basketball player. Two highly-trained K-9 dogs from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will help keep fans and players safe this weekend at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington. Virgil, and his Seattle based partner, ATF Special Agent Kent Plemons, along with Pepper (also known as Little Wiggle Butt), and her partner Deputy J.P Melton of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, will be closely watching for anything that could be used to disrupt the games. More »

Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term

February 26, 2010

CEDRIC BARQUET, 29, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, and additional counts of Possession of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine with intent to Distribute. More »

Defendant Prosecuted as part of Federal Crackdown on Gang Violence

February 16, 2010

JOEL BERNARD PERRY, 29, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Distribution of Crack Cocaine. More »

Swinomish Tribal Members Plead Guilty to Contraband Cigarette Scheme

February 12, 2010

Two members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, C. MARVIN WILBUR, 71, his wife, JOAN C. WILBUR, 72, and their daughters-in-law, APRIL M. WILBUR, 44, and BRENDA R. WILBUR, 49, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes. More »

Repeat Offender Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

January 21, 2010

RASHAD PARIS KIMBROUGH, 29, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. KIMBROUGH pleaded guilty in connection with an incident January 9, 2007, when a gun went off inside KIMBROUGH’s pocket while he loitered outside ‘Club Chocolate City’ in central Seattle. More »

Three Members of Violent Street Gang Sent to Federal Prison For Drug Crimes

January 15, 2010

Three Seattle men, all members of a violent street gang, were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle for crimes that were prosecuted federally in an effort to crack down on gang violence. More »

Cigarette Broker Pleads Guilty For Trafficking in Untaxed Cigarettes

January 15, 2010

RICK CONN, a cigarette broker based in California, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, and Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments. More »

Jefferson County Man Sentenced to 13+ Years in Prison For $2.8 Million Arson

Janaury 15, 2010

KEVIN LEE GRAESSER, 32, of Port Hadlock, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 162 months in prison, five years of supervised release and $2.8 million in restitution for an arson of the Admiralty One Condominiums in Port Ludlow, Washington. More »

Leader of Drug Trafficking and Bank Fraud Ring Sentenced to 8+ Years in Prison

January 11, 2010

MARIO EARL, 31, of Seattle, Washington, the leader of a crime ring involved in both drug trafficking and bank fraud was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 102 months in prison, five years of supervised release and approximately $30,000 in restitution for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Bank Fraud. More »