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Category: Weapons violations


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

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

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Deputies arrest three in connection with black tar heroin operation

The house where deputies arrested three people in connection with a black tar heroin operation this morning wasn’t unfamiliar to law enforcement, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Police had been to the house in the 5600 block of South K Street more than 40 times in the past year for various 911 calls, he said, adding that the house is known for transient activity.

There were transients there about 6 a.m. this morning, too, when deputies came with a warrant, Troyer said.

Deputies arrested a 38-year-old woman for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, and a 36-year-old man for suspicion

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South Hill man who killed two burglars indicted for drugs, weapons charges

UPDATE: Capodanno pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for June 21.

INITIAL POST: It wasn’t fatally shooting two men that landed Jeremy Capodanno in federal court today – it was possessing the marijuana the dead men broke in to steal and the guns Capodanno used to defend the grow operation in his South Hill garage.

A federal Grand Jury indicted Capodanno, 36, of manufacturing marijuana, carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

If convicted as charged, Capodanno faces 15 years in

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Auburn ‘career criminal’ off to federal prison

A 35-year-old Auburn man who a federal judge said has a “flagrant disregard for the law” was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for drug and weapons crimes.
Judge James L. Robart handed down the sentenced to Michael Paul Gradney at the U.S. District Courthouse in Seattle.
A federal jury in December convicted Michael Paul Gradney of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of and distribution of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.
Court records show Gradney sold cocaine to federal informants on two different

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