News Release
Date: December 17, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Seattle Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Trafficking LSD

DEC 17-- (Seattle)- A large scale LSD trafficker, who distributed as far away as Wyoming, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute LSD, two counts of distribution of LSD, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. James N. Schweda, 33, was tried and convicted of the LSD distribution conspiracy on September 20, 2010.

Information developed in the case, starting in 2008, revealed that 2,500 to 3,000 hits of LSD were being distributed as far away as Wyoming. An undercover officer purchased LSD from a co-defendant, Jay Anthony Ramos, 23, 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. Schweda had been living at the Seattle residence. Ramos was sentenced earlier this month to 35 months in prison. Ramos pleaded guilty and testified at Schweda’s trial.

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