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RENTON MAN SENTENCED TO 42 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ECSTASY DEALING
Defendant Supplied 20,000 Pills of Ecstasy to Lower Level Dealers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2008

ABUSAMAD HARUN, 23, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Ecstasy. HARUN was arrested on March 7, 2007, after he provided ecstasy (MDMA) to a drug dealer who sold ecstasy to a confidential law enforcement source. In fact HARUN provided 20,000 pills that were split between two drug distributors. At sentencing Assistant United States Attorney Doug Whalley told U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman that some of the defendants in the drug conspiracy were very casual about their dealing. “They apparently felt that selling MDMA was an easy way to make money,” Whalley told the court.

HARUN is the last of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. John Fou Saechao, 24, of SeaTac, Washington, was sentenced last month to 70 months in prison. Dylon Thomas Marler, 21, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced in December 2007, to 36 months in prison. Jonathon Wood, 23, also of Seattle, was sentenced in November 2007, to 35 months in prison.

According to records filed in the case, Marler distributed ecstasy and marijuana to a confidential source on multiple occasions. Jonathon Wood was arrested as he delivered ecstasy to Marler. The ecstasy had been supplied to Wood by HARUN, who had gotten the drugs originally from Saecho.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Doug Whalley and Matt 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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