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SEATTLE WOMAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS FOR SELLING CRACK AT NOTORIOUS SEATTLE NIGHTCLUB
Repeat Offender Sold Crack at Club Chocolate City – Formerly Deano’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2008

DEBBIE ANN WILSON, 42, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Distribution of Crack Cocaine. This is WILSON’s second conviction for drug dealing. In 1997 she was convicted of conspiring to sell two kilos of cocaine. She served two years in prison for that crime. At sentencing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart told her that drug dealers were a “scourge” on society, and warned her that if she was caught selling drugs again, “they’ll be carrying you out [of prison] in a box.”

According to the plea agreement filed August 2, 2007, WILSON sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on three separate occasions. On January 16, 2007 she sold crack to the informant in the bathroom of the Chocolate City nightclub for $275. WILSON encouraged the informant to call her in the future if the informant wanted additional crack. WILSON again sold crack to the informant on January 24, 2007. For that sale WILSON picked the confidential informant up in front of the club and sold the drugs on the short drive around the block. The source paid WILSON $580 for the crack. Finally, on February 1, 2007, WILSON sold the informant $600 worth of crack in the parking lot of a Safeway store across the street from the nightclub. WILSON was arrested on June 11, 2007 and was indicted July 11, 2007.

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 Seattle residents were indicted in connection with the investigation at Club Chocolate City. Last week Knute Golidy, 29, of Seattle was sentenced to 70 months in prison for selling crack. 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 case was investigated by the DEA and the Seattle Police Department. The case is 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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