SEATTLE – A 48-year-old Bremerton, Washington man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown announced. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour noted at the sentencing hearing that it was Wood’s third federal conviction and that he had performed poorly on supervised release. “He has the most (supervised release) revocations I’ve seen on the bench in 40 years,” Judge Coughenour said.
“Mr. Wood has state and federal convictions for drug dealing, partnering with some of the most violent drug dealers our district has ever seen,” said U.S. Attorney Brown. “He was distributing several pounds of methamphetamine. The damage done to society is incalculable.”
In this most recent conviction, Wood was distributing methamphetamine for the head of a drug operation linked to Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). An extensive wiretap investigation resulted in the indictment of 19 defendants in July 2020. When authorities went to arrest Wood at the halfway house where he was staying, he fled and evaded capture for nearly a year. On June 10, 2021, he was arrested after trying to flee the police once again. Wood pleaded guilty on July 27, 2022.
In seeking a significant sentence, prosecutors recounted Wood’s lengthy criminal history. He was first convicted of possession of methamphetamine in 2001. He was also in possession of a firearm. In 2003, he was federally convicted of distributing methamphetamine for a large drug trafficking organization. In 2011, he was convicted of drug trafficking in Kitsap County. He was indicted federally in 2015 for distributing meth to a large drug organization while on probation for a 2011 drug case. Wood was released in 2018 and was on supervision for both the 2011 state case and the 2015 federal case, committing the drug distribution crimes for which he was sentenced today.
“Wood’s history shows that he has been involved in drug dealing for the vast majority of his life. According to his third federal conviction, he did not retreat from the criminal lifestyle, but instead, continued at each turn to associate with high-level drug trafficking organizations that supplied him with significant amounts of methamphetamine for redistribution. “His complete lack of compliance with the terms of supervision further underscores the need for a substantial sentence,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Jaquette wrote in the government’s sentencing memo.
The prosecution is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF uses an intelligence-led, multi-agency approach to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States, federal, and state against criminal networks. and local law enforcement agencies.
The investigation was conducted by the Tacoma Resident Office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in conjunction with the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Thurston County Narcotics Team (TNT), Federal Bureau of Investigation . Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amy Jaquette and C. Andrew Colasurdo.