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TACOMA MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR ECSTASY TRAFFICKING SCHEME
Defendant with Significant Criminal History Sought to Purchase Drugs From Canadian Confidential Informant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2009

GURJOT SINGH JOHL, 27, of Tacoma, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release for Attempted Possession of MDMA/Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute. JOHL was arrested on December 15, 2007, after he attempted to take delivery of nine kilograms of ecstasy in a drug deal outside a restaurant in Federal Way. At sentencing Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said that “Ecstasy is a real scourge in the community, and has caused horrible things for many families.” Chief Judge Lasnik ordered JOHL immediately into custody, and noted that there are loved ones grieving because they have lost their children to the drug trade or the violence surrounding the drug trade.

According to records filed in the case, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were investigating a drug smuggling ring trafficking ecstasy into the United States, when a confidential source indicated he had been directed to deliver a load of ecstasy to JOHL. The deal was set up, with the exchange of ecstasy for money to occur in the parking lot of the Red Lobster restaurant in Federal Way. JOHL was arrested after he paid the confidential source for the ecstasy and as he attempted to remove the nine kilograms from the trunk of the car.

JOHL pleaded guilty March 8, 2008.

JOHL has a significant criminal history beginning with arrests at age 14. In 2000, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and carrying a loaded firearm in public. In 2002, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and in 2003, he was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in public.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kate Crisham and Bruce Miyake.

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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