Not only do drug crimes in Washington result in serious penalties, an arrest often includes charges for multiple crimes. If more than one drug is found on a person, they will face separate possession charges for each drug. If a large amount of money or large quantity of the drug is found, they could be charged with intent to distribute. According to the Seattle Times, 2 men were arrested for allegedly dealing heroin, methamphetamine and distributing firearms. These are very serious crimes and the suspects are facing federal charges.
The Times reports that 34 year old Jorge Carlos Camps and 44 year old Roger Lee Hiddleston were arrested for multiple drug related charges in Magnolia last week. The arrests came after police received an anonymous tip. An undercover police officer was sold a firearm and heroin from the basement of a residential house in the neighborhood. After the informant was sold the drugs and firearm, police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the home. Officers allegedly found 3 handguns and 9 rifles, body armor, ammunition, SPD patches, a Pacific police officer's badge and 2 suspected homemade explosive devices. Additionally, a small amount of heroin was found.
Camps is being charged with distributing heroin and 2 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hiddleston, who was arrested in his vehicle with heroin, methamphetamine and a large amount of cash after the undercover officer left the home, is facing charges for heroin distribution, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm. Law enforcement agents believe that he is the supplier to Camps' business.
These offenses are being charged by the U.S. District Attorney, meaning they are federal charges. If convicted, suspects can expect to face over 10 years of jail time, steep fines and more. If you are faced with similar charges, it is important to contact a defense lawyer right away. Only an experienced VUCSA attorney can help you build a solid defense and assist you in getting the best results possible.