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Felon who helped authorities make cases against Hilltop Crips back in jail

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 23, 2012 at 11:51 am with 8 Comments »
July 23, 2012 11:51 am

A convicted felon who got a favorable plea bargain after helping Pierce County authorities crack down on the Hilltop Crips street gang is back in jail, facing charges of dealing drugs and gun theft.

Curtis D. Hudson, 24, has court appearances later this week. He’s charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, theft of a firearm and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Hudson’s pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of bails totaling $225,000.

Prosecutors contend he sold 16 Oxycodone pills to a confidential informant in Lakewood in March. Officers found another 12 Oxycodone pills on Hudson after they arrested him, court records state.

They also said he helped an acquaintance steal a semiautomatic pistol from a car parked at the Tacoma Mall in December. He and his co-defendant allegedly traded the gun for drugs and cash, which they split, records show.

Hudson was a key player in authorities’ efforts to gut the Hilltop Crips in 2010. He provided vital information and testimony against his fellow gang members, helping prosecutors win more than 30 felony convictions, court records show.

Hudson originally was charged with 20 crimes – first-degree robbery and second-degree assault among them – as part of the case and entered guilty pleas to all of them in March 2010. Prosecutors also attached aggravating factors to his crimes, which qualified him for sentences outside the standard range, likely decades in prison.

Prosecutors later dropped all but one charge against Hudson and recommended he be sentenced to time served – about a year in jail – in February 2011. He was released that same month.

“Although Curtis committed many serious crimes himself, the state acknowledges the courage he has shown in standing up to the gang and gang culture and the larger benefit to the community Curtis’ actions have provided,” deputy prosecutor Gregory Greer wrote in a 2011 statement support the plea deal.


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  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    What a shocker!

  2. dirtydan54 says:

    And now that he’s served their purpose and no longer a value to them they will put him among those he testified against. Nice

  3. “Curtis Hudson, please report to the showers immediately.”
    I feel the Train is a comin’ down the tracks!

  4. Now he gets to go live with his homies that he snitched on.

  5. xx2npacxx says:

    And authorities wonder why they can’t get any cooperation from citizens.

  6. Dirtydan54 – seriously?

    He has no one to blame but himself. If he was too stupid to realize that by testifying against his fellow gangbangers meant he had no choice but to go straight, he deserves whatever he gets.

    What are the cops supposed to do – look the other way while he’s out selling drugs and guns?

    Obviously the dude is dumb as a box of rocks, so it’s no real surprise he’s in the predicament he’s in. But to blame anyone but him is ludicrous.

  7. dirtydan54 says:

    lol dont blame me for this idiots actions. Haven’t done any time and if you believe I’m a wuss tell me where to meet you.

  8. DirtyDan is right. They probably never stopped watching this guy and was intent on catching him selling drugs or whatever else. And this will be a blow to ppl coming forward in the future and cooperating with police. If you read this any way else then you are an idiot, ignorant or just stupid.

    He should have asked to be relocated, with a new name and a job where he could have had a clean break from the gang life and its trappings. With his criminal history though, where is he going to get a decent job? Think about it – If you were him – and your testimony just sent 30 members of the Hilltop Crips to prison for long stretches, felon or not, you would be armed to the teeth with whatever you could find – stolen or not. If he didn’t have a gun at all times, he would be crazy. There is no one who could say that his life was not in danger because he testified against his former gang.

    He got used and not being able to think 2 or 3 moves ahead, the prosecutors got what they needed and sunk him when the game was over. It’s a sad and sorry state for him but it shows how low prosecutors are willing to stoop to get what they need and then put cooperators in front of the same firing squad that the rest are in front of.

    This man just got you 30 convictions and undoubtedly made the city of Tacoma’s streets safer, they should at least made sure the man had a new life and new start with the ability to take care of his family without resorting to prior vices to get necessities. Who knows how many potential innocent lives he saved with those 30 convictions?

    Mr. Hudson was just a means to an end and although he made some prosecutor look really good by helping to hand them 30 notches on his belt, you can say that they never really cared about the “person” helping them out.

    This is the kind of stuff that leads to – what some people may say is – bad karma. We forget that a mad man who hated police walked into a coffee shop and shot four officers for no “apparent” reason. This type of thing is fuel to the crazies who would do such things as that.

    This story doesn’t make either side look good. It just goes to show your that both sides are rotten to the core. IMO

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