Spokane Man Sentenced to More Than 16 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking
Caught Running Barefoot in the Snow with a Grocery Bag of Drugs, Cash and Collectible Coins
SPOKANE, Wash.– United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Bradley Dale Hull, age 55, of Spokane, Washington, to 200 months in federal prison. Hull was convicted by a jury on May 18, 2022 of Possession with Intent to Distribute 100 Grams or More of a Mixture or Substance Containing Heroin and Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Methamphetamine.
According to court documents, on February 7, 2020, a detective with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was surveilling Hull’s residence in Spokane, Washington. After a separate search warrant was executed on Hull’s girlfriend’s residence, Hull was observed running through the snow barefoot towards a parked car. Hull was carrying a grocery bag which, after Hull was detained, was found to contain substantial quantities of methamphetamine and heroin. The grocery bag also contained more than $13,000 in U.S. Currency along with a number of collector coins. During the trial, Hull testified. Hull acknowledged that he collected coins, but denied the drugs were his, claiming the detective had seen someone else running with the bag. The jury, in returning a guilty verdict, rejected Hull’s claims. In announcing the sentence, Judge Rice observed that Hull had made false statements and perjured himself during his testimony.
United States Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the Eastern District of Washington, stated, “Mr. Hull possessed large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin and was in such a hurry to evade law enforcement that he ran barefoot to his car on a February morning in Spokane. At trial, Mr. Hull sought to evade responsibility by making false statements to Judge Rice and the jury.” U.S. Attorney Waldref continued, “I’m grateful for the tireless efforts of our law enforcement team, who protect our community by removing dangerous drugs from our neighborhoods.”
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant United States Attorney Michael Ellis, who tried and prosecuted the case, thanked the agents and law enforcement officers who investigated the case. AUSA Ellis stated, “Whenever a case goes to trial, there is a tremendous amount of work that takes place behind the scenes. As an AUSA, I have the privilege of working closely with some the best law enforcement agents and officers in the United States. The verdict and sentence in this case are the direct result of the agents’ dedication and service within the Spokane community.”