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Defendant Recruited Others to Scheme, Led Police on Dangerous Chase Near UW

February 13, 2009

TREVELL TYLER LAMONS, 20, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Import Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) also known as “Ecstasy.” LAMONS was arrested June 12, 2008, and pleaded guilty on November 6, 2008.

According to records filed in the case, LAMONS pressured a former girlfriend, who was a University of Washington student, to drive to Canada to pick up a load of drugs. When the woman refused to make the trip, LAMONS got angry. The young woman was finally persuaded to make the trip after LAMONS handed her $900 and said she could keep at least $400 and possibly more after dealing with the drug connection in Canada. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said that recruiting his former girlfriend to pick up drugs from Canada was “cowardly.”

On June 10, 2008, the woman followed LAMONS’ instructions and drove to Canada in her father’s black Honda Accord. She met the drug connection, who placed 5.3 kilos of ecstasy pills under the back seat of her car. The woman was stopped at the border as she tried to return to the United States, and officers discovered the pills. Law enforcement worked with the woman, and set up a delivery of the pills to LAMONS at the woman’s University District apartment in Seattle. LAMONS had arranged for a co-conspirator to drive the woman’s car to his residence in Tacoma. As he left the Seattle apartment around midnight, LAMONS noticed the presence of law enforcement agents and sped away in his black Mercedes-Benz. LAMONS was weaving in and out of traffic trying to avoid law enforcement. As he raced away he tossed items from the car including a .40 caliber handgun. LAMONS struck a DEA agent’s car head on and then slammed into a retaining wall. He ran from the car and disappeared into the night. LAMONS was located and arrested two days later.

In asking for a significant sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan wrote to the court that LAMONS flight from police, putting so many people at risk, showed he “ has little regard for the consequences of his actions, the law, and the safety and well-being of others.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with assistance from the Seattle Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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