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REPEAT DRUG DEALER FROM TUKWILA GETS FIVE YEAR PRISON TERM

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March 11, 2005

BRIAN EDWARD KAUFFMAN, 33, of Tukwila, Washington was sentenced to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release today in U.S. District Court in Seattle for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. In sentencing KAUFFMAN to the lengthy prison term U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Maritnez told KAUFFMAN "Police and neighbors see you as a cancer in the neighborhood."

According to court documents, KAUFFMAN was arrested as part of a special emphasis deployment by the Drug Enforcement Administration Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) in August 2004. The MET team joined with law enforcement in Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines to combat drug dealing and violence in the South King County area. KAUFFMAN already had three methamphetamine related convictions (March 2001, July 2001 and January 2004) when he sold meth to an undercover agent in August 2004. The DEA alerted KAUFFMAN's community corrections officer who served a warrant on KAUFFMAN the next day. A search of KAUFFMAN's residence turned up more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Lincoln told the court KAUFFMAN "has been a notorious drug dealer in his Tukwila/SeaTac neighborhood. He has brazenly conducted drug sales out of his residence and in open air from his backyard." Lincoln said KAUFFMAN's neighbors deserve a respite from the "influences of this drug dealer and his customers."

KAUFFMAN told the Judge he was glad he was arrested because he was sick of his addict's lifestyle.

Judge Martinez noted that the 5 year term would be far longer than KAUFFMAN's longest incarceration in the state system and the federal intensive drug treatment program may help KAUFFMAN beat his addiction. But Judge Martinez cautioned: "I never believe anything an addict says.... I do believe what people do. I need to see you walk the walk. I will hold your feet to the fire if you don't live up to what you said you'd do today." Following his prison term KAUFFMAN will be on 5 years of supervised release. Should he violate any of the conditions of that release he could be returned to prison.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Tukwila Police Department and Washington State Department of Corrections. Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence Lincoln prosecuted the case.

For additional information contact Emily Langlie Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206)553-4110.

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