News Release
Date: October 28, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Long Prison Terms for Repeat Offenders in Heroin Case

OCT 28 -- (Seattle) –– Ben Hunlock, 39, of Kent, Washington and Victor Hugo Gutama, 45, of Seattle, Washington were sentenced to long prison terms for conspiracy to distribute heroin. The men were arrested March 15, 2010, in north Seattle while engaged in a two pound heroin deal. Hunlock was sentenced to nine years in prison and Gutama was sentenced to eight years in prison. Both men have multiple prior convictions for drug dealing.

According to records filed in the case, Hunlock was identified in February 2010 by law enforcement as a heroin source of supply. On March 15, 2010, law enforcement negotiated with Hunlock who agreed to sale of one-half pound of heroin. As the meeting took place, Hunlock revealed they would need to meet with his heroin source of supply in north Seattle. As Hunlock arrived at a ball field in north Seattle, two other vehicles arrived as part of the drug deal. Hunlock got into Gutama’s vehicle to pay for the heroin. Concerned about the proximity to young people on the ball field, DEA agents arrested Hunlock, Gutama, and a third defendant, Teodoro Contreras. In one of the cars, agents found and seized two and a half pounds of heroin. In Gutama’s car, $11,174 in cash was found which included $4,000 of law enforcement funds which was intended for the purchase of the one half pound of heroin.

The men pleaded guilty in May 2010. Hunlock has five prior drug trafficking convictions since 1989. Gutama has four prior drug trafficking convictions since 2001.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.