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Seattle Man Who Advertised Illegal Arsenal from Magnolia Apartment Sentenced to Prison

FEB 20 (SEATTLE) – A man who sold guns and heroin from the basement apartment of a home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison and three years of supervised release.  Jorge Carlos Camps, 34, was arrested in May 2014, when law enforcement seized a dozen weapons including a Mac-11 submachine gun and silencer.  The home was just a few blocks from a busy playground in a neighborhood park.  Camps pleaded guilty in November 2014.  At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said Camps was dealing in “a dangerous combination of firearms and drugs.”

According to records in the case, on April 28, 2014, Camps sold heroin and a firearm to a person working with law enforcement.  Camps sent pictures of various weapons via text message, along with a price list for the guns.  He was selling assault rifles, tactical ballistic body armor, military grade ammunition, silencers, and a variety of tactical accessories.  Camps also possessed and was willing to sell, various badges and patches from area police departments.  Camps has a prior felony conviction for violating a domestic violence court order and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

A second defendant, Roger Lee Hiddleston, 44, of Seattle, pleaded guilty in November 2014 and was sentenced to six years in prison for possessing a firearm and supplying heroin to Camps.  Police stopped Hiddleston’s car after he left the Magnolia home.  Inside they found heroin, methamphetamine, drug distribution materials, and $2,225 in currency.  In the trunk they recovered a Sig Sauer Model P230 9mm Kurz semi-automatic pistol.  Hiddleston is also prohibited from possessing firearms due to a domestic violence order.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Seattle Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).


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