For Immediate Release
Tacoma Man Convicted of Drug Distribution and Gun Crimes Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
More than 50 Firearms and more than a Pound of Meth Found in Tacoma Home
CARLSON came to the attention of law enforcement in early 2016, when a person working as an informant for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department purchased methamphetamine from CARLSON. Based on those contacts law enforcement obtained a search warrant. In CARLSON’s bedroom they found a pound of meth packaged for distribution as well as identity documents in CARLSON’s name and two loaded firearms: a Springfield Armory 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a Smith and Wesson .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. In the garage of the home investigators found 55 additional firearms and more methamphetamine in a large safe. They also found drug ledgers indicating CARLSON had been selling meth since at least as early as 2012.
The case was investigated by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Special Investigations Unit. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration also testified as expert witnesses at trial.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Gregory A. Gruber and Andre Penalver.