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Ex-cop gets two years for illegal gun sales

Post by Sean Robinson / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
February 23, 2012 4:09 pm

Roy Alloway
Former Bremerton Police Department detective Roy Alloway was sentenced this afternoon to 24 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton.

Alloway, 57, sold guns ­illegally – more than 700 between 2005 and 2010, and possibly twice as many, prosecutors say. He banked the money – more than $178,000 – and didn’t report it on his income taxes.

According to prosecutors, 77 of those guns were seized in drug raids where Alloway was a participant or an insider with direct access to the seized weapons. He spent a decade as a point man for WestNET, a federal drug task force based in Kitsap County.

In October, Alloway pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful firearms dealing and filing false tax returns.

Over a five-year period, agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives twice warned him that he needed a license to sell firearms, the record states. Fellow sellers, including a one-time business partner, echoed those warnings.

“I guess I’d just say that this warning thing, I’m sorry I didn’t understand that better,” Alloway said in court today.

“Given opportunities to change his behavior he simply ignored the law,” U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake argued in court. “What it tells us is that he didn’t care.”

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