News Release
Date: December 03, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Seattle Man Sentenced to 35 Months in Prison for Trafficking LSD

DEC 03 -- (Seattle) –– A Seattle man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 35 months in prison for trafficking LSD. On August 25, 2010, Jay Anthony Ramos, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute LSD, two counts of distribution of LSD, and possession of LSD with intent to distribute. Co-defendant, James N. Schweda, was tried and convicted of the LSD distribution conspiracy on September 20, 2010. Schweda faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison when sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik on December 17, 2010.

According to testimony at trial and records in the case, the investigation was initiated in 2008 and revealed that the LSD was being distributed as far away as Wyoming. An undercover officer purchased LSD from Ramos on June 19 and July 24, 2008. On August 19, 2008, officers executed a search warrant on Ramos’ residence and found additional LSD and other controlled substances. Ramos and Schweda, who had also been living at the Seattle residence, were arrested.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Mountlake Terrace Police Departments.