Seattle Gang Member Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Crack Sales
OCT 01 -- (Seattle) –Kevin Fredrick Coleman, a/k/a “Gusto”, 25, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced September 10, 2010 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Coleman was identified for federal prosecution in 2009, when law enforcement focused both on the gang violence in Central Seattle, and an open air drug market in the Union Street corridor. Coleman was identified as a member of the “East Union Street Hustlers,” a sub set of the Black Gangster Disciples (BGDs).
Coleman made two drug sales in a geographic area targeted by law enforcement. The Union Street corridor was plagued by open air drug trafficking. On June 9, 2009, Coleman was arrested and found to have both crack and marijuana packaged for sale. A month later on July 9, 2009, he was back in the same area selling crack once again. On October 19, 2009, Coleman was arrested.
Coleman has been touched by the gang violence in central Seattle; his younger brother Quincy “Lil’ Q” Coleman was shot and killed near Garfield High School on Halloween night in 2008. The shooting has never been solved. Coleman’s gang has been involved in a long running turf battle with south end gangs. The feuds between BGD’s and other gangs have directly resulted in a number of drive-by shootings and other firearm crimes. When Coleman’s residence was searched at the time of his arrest, law enforcement recovered a bullet proof vest, and a camouflage pouch containing what appear to be magazines for an AK-47 style assault rifle. Additional evidence was seized linking to Coleman gang activity.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Seattle Police Department.