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Tacoma store owner sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing heroin

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm with No Comments »
January 3, 2013 12:49 pm

A man who owned a clothing store in Tacoma was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Marcos Araujo Urrieta, 47, of Puyallup, owned Zapateria Tarascos, a western wear store, 924 E. 72nd St. He was arrested Sept. 17, 2011, after federal investigators served a search warrant at a stash house in Tacoma.

Prosecutors said a man there had been sent by Araujo Urrieta to pick up six to eight kilos of heroin to be sold at the store. Agents searched the business and found four pounds of heroin and $250,000 in cash.

Araujo Urrieta admitted the cash was from drug sales and the sale of store merchandise, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty in September.

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