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FEDERAL WAY MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IS PRISON AS LEADER OF COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING
Convicted Felon Arrested with More than $250,000 Cash After Cocaine Deal in Downtown Tacoma

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October 19, 2007

CARLOS DANIELS, 37, of Federal Way, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 14 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. In addition, as part of his sentence, DANIELS had to forfeit to the government more than $250,000 in cash, three houses, four luxury cars including a Rolls Royce, two Mercedes Benz and a Cadillac, and expensive jewelry as proceeds of his drug dealing. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton imposed the sentence.

DANIELS was arrested on May 16, 2006, following a lengthy wiretap investigation dubbed “Operation Snow Dog.” On the days before his arrest, DANIELS was heard on recorded calls arranging a deal for 20 kilograms of cocaine. DANIELS met up with his drug suppliers at a building on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. According to testimony, DANIELS gave $154,000 in cash to two men and received 12 kilos of cocaine. DANIELS was later stopped by agents. In his car agents found nearly 24 kilos of cocaine and an additional $182,500 in cash. A search of DANIELS’ Federal Way home revealed more cocaine, over $70,000 in cash, expensive jewelry and guns. Agents found a Cobray 9mm semi-automatic rifle-pistol, a Glock 10 mm semiautomatic pistol, and a loaded Mossberg 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun. As a convicted felon, DANIELS was barred from possessing a firearm.

In 1994, DANIELS was convicted in King County Superior Court of Delivery of Cocaine. In 1997, DANIELS was convicted of Possession of Stolen Property and Forgery.

Two additional defendants have already been sentenced in the case -- Jose Luis Campos was sentenced August 7, 2007, to 76 months in prison and Miguel Angel Peralta Alonzo was sentenced September 21, 2007, to 21 months in prison. These men were arrested immediately following the drug deal with $154,000 cash in their car; the Court forfeited this money and the truck they were driving.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by the Tacoma DEA Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thomas.

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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