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Tacoma man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug, weapons violations

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 4, 2013 at 9:07 am |
June 4, 2013 9:07 am

A Tacoma man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for various drug and weapons charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Titus Peterson, 34, was convicted in October of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, four counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering.

During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle told Peterson, “The court has no confidence… that you’re at a point mentally to make a change in your life.”

Peterson was first arrested by Tacoma police in January 2010 for jaywalking. Officers found two baggies of crack cocaine he tried to toss after noticing police in the area.

When he failed to appear in court to face those charges, a warrant was issued and he was arrested a second time in October 2011 during a traffic stop.

Police found an ounce of crack cocaine in Peterson’s vehicle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A search of his apartment and storage unit uncovered nine ounces of crack and powder cocaine, $23,000 in cash, a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol.

Peterson’s witness tampering charge was added after he made several calls from jail to friends and family members “attempting to thwart the investigation and prosecution,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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