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SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING CRACK AT NOTORIOUS SEATTLE NIGHTCLUB
Repeat Felon Sentenced for Selling Crack at Club Chocolate City – formerly Deano’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2008

KNUTE GOLIDY, 32, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Distribution of Crack Cocaine. At sentencing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart told GOLIDY that he needs to turn his life around in prison, “or the alternative is that I’ll read about it in the paper when they find you dead.” Judge Robart emphasized the violence that surrounds drug dealing.

According to records filed in the case, on February 28, 2007, GOLIDY sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). GOLIDY met his customers in Club Chocolate City, a now-defunct Seattle nightclub that was a notorious hangout for drug dealers. Club Chocolate City, which was known for years as Deano’s, closed in February 2007. The location was well known to law enforcement as a place where drug dealers congregated and sold to customers. Acting on complaints from the community, DEA and the Seattle Police targeted the club for the undercover investigation.

Two other defendants are charged in connection with dealing cocaine at Club Chocolate City. DEBBIE ANN WILSON, 42, of Seattle, pleaded guilty in August 2007, and will be sentenced for three counts of Distributing Crack Cocaine on January 14, 2008. REIORDAN JONES, 34, of Seattle was indicted June 27, 2007, for five counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine for sales made at Chocolate City. JONES is scheduled for trial on the charges February 26, 2008.

The cases were investigated by the DEA and the Seattle Police Department, with assistance from the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion.

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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