TACOMA MAN SENTENCED TO 5+ YEARS IN PRISON FOR GUN AND DRUG CHARGES
Repeat Offender Arrested for Selling Crack Cocaine
ORLANDO ALEXANDER, 40, of Tacoma Washington, was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 68 months in prison and five years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of Firearms and three counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle commented that since ALEXANDER had grown up in an environment of drugs and guns, he should have known the harm they do to his family and community.
Court papers indicate ALEXANDER committed a series of crack cocaine sales in the vicinity of 38th Street in West Tacoma in March of 2008. Based upon those transactions, the Tacoma Police Department, Special Investigations Division, obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s home. That search produced additional drugs and a variety of firearms: a Firestorm .380 pistol, a Taurus .45 pistol, and Ruger .44 revolver. ALEXANDER was indicted by a federal grand jury and in May 2009, entered guilty pleas to various of the charged offenses. Alexander has prior convictions in 1993 in King County for Assault and cocaine distribution, and thus was prohibited from possession a firearm.
This case was investigated by the Tacoma Police Department, Special Investigations Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the FBI.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kurt Hermanns and Special Assistant United States Attorney Diane Clarkson. Ms. Clarkson is a Deputy Pierce County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute drug and gun cases in federal court.
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.