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Renton Man Arrested in Connection with more than $500,000 cash,15 kilos of Cocaine

August 14, 2009

DARRYL SHEARS, 44, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years, eight months in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. SHEARS was arrested in September 2008, as part of a year-long investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating in the Seattle, Washington, and Rexburg, Idaho areas. During September 2008, authorities seized 20 kilos of cocaine,16 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $940,000 in cash, and numerous cars and boats. Of those totals, 15 kilos of cocaine were taken from a juvenile leaving SHEARS’ residence, and more than $515,000 was taken from SHEARS and a woman leaving his residence. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the sentence.

According to records filed in the case, SHEARS has a lengthy criminal history including five prior drug convictions. SHEARS came to the attention of law enforcement again in January 2008, when his telephone calls were picked up in the course of another drug investigation, as SHEARS supplied the individuals in the Piper/Kilcup drug ring with powder and crack cocaine. . When authorities moved in to make arrests of the drug trafficking organization, SHEARS had just received a large shipment of cocaine. He attempted to avoid arrest by giving the drugs to a juvenile and telling him to drive it away from his home. The juvenile was arrested, as was SHEARS and a woman who had delivered the 15 kilos to SHEARS in exchange for $244,460. Following the arrests SHEARS attempted to tamper with the testimony of the juvenile and others, by sending letters and asking the witnesses to lie under oath. SHEARS pleaded guilty on the eve of trial, on April 8, 2009.

In asking that SHEARS spend a lengthy time in prison, Assistant United States Attorney Lisca Borichewski wrote to the court that, “Despite appearing repeatedly in the criminal court system, (SHEARS) has failed to support himself during the past 20 years by engaging in anything other than criminal activity. The defendant’s criminal activity has now culminated into his distribution of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and crack cocaine.... (SHEARS’) extensive history of criminal activity, his blatant attempts to subvert the judicial system, and the magnitude of his current criminal conduct strongly supports imposition of a lengthy term of imprisonment to protect the community from his conduct.”

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 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisca Borichewski and Doug Whalley.

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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