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ARMED METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 11+ YEARS IN PRISON
Mexican National Had Prior Drug Conviction and had been Deported

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2008

SERGIO ACEVEDO SILVA a/k/a Zeta, 34, of Puyallup, Washington, was sentenced yesterday in U. S. District Court in Tacoma to 135 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and being an Alien in Possession of a Firearm. Since he was in the country illegally, SILVA will likely be deported following his prison term. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton remarked that he was concerned about protecting the public since SILVA had been conducting drug deals while possessing a loaded gun.

According to court records, SILVA was arrested on July 5, 2007, following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Puyallup Police. Police Officers observed SILVA loading items at a storage locker he had rented, and then making multiple stops where it appeared he was conducting drug sales. When stopped by police, SILVA had more than $7,000 in cash in the car and a loaded handgun. A search of the car and storage unit turned up small quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and numerous flat screen televisions. SILVA has a 2004 arrest and conviction in Pierce County for Possession of Methamphetamine. In that case he was released from custody and deported in January 2006.

The previous drug conviction and the possession of a firearm significantly increased the prison sentence faced by SILVA.

The case was investigated by the DEA and Puyallup Police Department. 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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