News Release
June 4, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Seattle Man Gets Eight Years in Op 'We Own The Night'

JUN 4 -- (Seattle) –– Bryan Bolton, 35, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced on June 2, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Seattle to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.  The investigation was dubbed operation “We Own the Night” as Night is a common code drug traffickers use for heroin, due to its dark color.  Bolton is one of six people arrested in October and November 2009, following a lengthy wiretap investigation into a heroin and drug smuggling ring.

According to records filed in the case, in July 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seattle Police Department began an investigation into the group who were distributing pound quantities of heroin and cocaine in the Seattle area.  Bolton was identified as a multi-pound distributor of heroin.  In September 2009, law enforcement seized more than one pound of heroin from Bolton’s home.  Despite this encounter, weeks later he ordered two pounds of heroin, which was seized by law enforcement.  At sentencing it was noted that Bolton has an extensive criminal history that dates back over 15 years which includes drug charges.  In total, law enforcement seized 14 kilograms of cocaine, 4 pounds of heroin, and $95,000 in currency. 

Ring leader Carlos Carrillo-Lopez faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison when sentenced later this month. 

This was an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental funding to the federal and state agencies involved.