CENTRALIA MAN GETS EIGHT YEARS FOR DRUG AND GUN CRIMES
Defendant had methamphetamine and loaded gun in parking lot near Centralia Middle School
COREY DEAN HAMILTON, 27, of Centralia, Washington was sentenced today to 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. HAMILTON was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess in Tacoma.
According to documents filed in the case, on August 25, 2005, HAMILTON was in the parking lot of a Safeway store on Harrison Avenue in Centralia. A Centralia Police Officer approached HAMILTON because of the loud music coming from HAMILTON’s car. HAMILTON admitted he had no drivers license and had outstanding warrants for his arrest. HAMILTON was searched and officers found cash and three baggies of methamphetamine. In the car officers found a loaded Tanfoglio .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. HAMILTON told officers he was dealing drugs to pay his attorney fees.
HAMILTON had previous convictions in Lewis County for Second Degree Assault (1996), Second Degree Malicious Mischief (2002) and Assault in the Third Degree (2002).
HAMILTON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods, is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Lewis County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.
The case was investigated by the Centralia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber prosecuted the case.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206)553-4110.