DOJ SEAL
U.S. DEPARTMENT of JUSTICE CONTACT US A-Z INDEX
About » Office Locations » Seattle Division » Seattle News
SEATTLE NEWS


October 20 , 2017
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: 206-553-1162
@DEASeattleDiv

 

Heavily armed felon and drug trafficker sentenced to 11 years

(SEATTLE) – A south sound resident with four drug stash houses in Tacoma, Auburn, and Federal Way, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 11 years in prison and five years of supervised release. George Edward Hernandez, Jr., 33, was charged federally in November 2015, following court authorized searches of his residences and vehicles. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan imposed the sentence.

On January 10, 2017, Hernandez pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Hernandez came to the attention of law enforcement in 2015, shortly before a person working with law enforcement set up a deal with one of Hernandez’ drug couriers. Law enforcement was able to trace the various houses where Hernandez kept his drugs, and in August 2015, executed search warrants.  At his Tacoma residence they found more than two pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin and some cocaine, as well as a Glock.40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. At one Auburn house, they found nearly another nine pounds of heroin, more than six pounds of cocaine, six pounds of methamphetamine and an AK-47. At the other Auburn home, they found two rifles and in Hernandez’s car parked outside they found a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Finally, at a Federal Way residence, they found two semi-automatic pistols. In his plea agreement, Hernandez admits he had the weapons to protect his drug dealing. The searches also turned up $53,332 in cash from the drug dealing.

Hernandez has 18 prior convictions and is prohibited from possessing firearms. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tacoma Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Dion and Siddharth Velamoor.


STAY CONNECTED

Receive E-mail Updates Receive E-mail Updates @DEAHQ Twitter Account button Hover @DEAHQ Twitter Account button Report Synthetic Drug Source button Hover Report Synthetic Drug Source button


Stay Connected Facebook Twitter YouTube

 

A-Z Index  Accessibility   Contact Us  Environmental Stewardship   FOIA  Legal Policies & Disclaimers  
No FEAR Act   Privacy Policy Plug-Ins USA.gov Whistleblower Protection