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SEATAC MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR GUN AND DRUG CRIMES
Defendant Sold Methamphetamine to Undercover Officer while Armed with a Sawed-off Shotgun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2009

ULUKITA ULUKITA, 29, of SeaTac, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and four years of supervised release for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the sentence that had been recommended by both the prosecutor and defense attorney. ULUKITA had no previous criminal convictions.

According to records filed in the case, ULUKITA was arrested in August 2007, after agreeing to sell a King County Sheriff’s Department undercover officer methamphetamine. ULUKITA was arrested on his way to the drug transaction. Officers found additional methamphetamine in ULUKITA’s car and home, as well as weapons. In ULUKITA’s car officers found a Stevens .22 rifle with the barrel shortened to just nine inches long. At ULUKITA’s home officers found another .22 rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun where the barrel had been shortened to 13 inches. It is illegal under federal law to possess a rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches.

In asking for the five years sentence Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo wrote to the court saying, “Ulukita’s decision to engage in methamphetamine trafficking endangered not only himself, but his family and his community.”

ULUKITA was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in King County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo. Mr. Colasurdo is a Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute gun and drug crimes in federal court.

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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