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SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR ECSTASY TRAFFICKING
Man was armed during drug transaction resulting in additional five year sentence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2006

ANTHONY JAMES SEVERIN, 24, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced today to eight years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute MDMA (Ecstasy), Possession of MDMA, and Carrying a Firearm during and in relation to a Drug Trafficking Offense. Carrying a weapon during a drug deal results in a mandatory consecutive five year sentence on top of the sentence for the drug crime. U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess imposed a three year sentence for the drug crime, with the additional mandatory five years because SEVERIN was armed.

According to court records SEVERIN was arrested October 28, 2004 in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Fife, Washington, following a drug deal with a confidential informant. SEVERIN and co-conspirator NOI VAN CAO had agreed to sell the informant 7,000 ecstasy pills. At the time of their arrest SEVERIN was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. SEVERIN pleaded guilty on June 27, 2005. CAO was sentenced January 20, 2006 to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the DEA/TNET Task Force, comprised of DEA agents and local law enforcement officers from Tacoma Police, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Corrections, Bonney Lake Police and Auburn Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Douglas J. Hill. Hill is a Deputy Pierce County Prosecutor who is specially designated to handle drug cases in Federal Court.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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