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Defendant Had Crack Cocaine Stored in 3-Year-old Daughter’s Bedroom

December 21, 2010


CURTISS LEE DESKINS, 37, of Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 200 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. DESKINS has a long criminal history in the Vancouver, Washington area and was found by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan to be a career offender. The designation increased his incarceration range at sentencing.

According to records filed in the case, DESKINS was arrested in Oregon on March 6, 2009, after selling crack to a person working with law enforcement. That day DESKINS’ Vancouver home was searched, and officers found crack cocaine in the bedroom closet of one of his three children. Officers found a loaded Glock model 19 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle in DESKINS’ bedroom. DESKINS was convicted in Oregon for the crack distribution. The ten year sentence there will run concurrent with the 200 month sentence handed down today.

DESKINS has thirteen prior felony convictions: seven for drug trafficking, two unlawful gun possession convictions and four for violent assaults or domestic violence. In 1994, DESKINS shot his then girlfriend in the stomach while arguing with her. In 2004, DESKINS threatened another woman he was living with. DESKINS was never charged with a 1993 incident where he fired six shots into an occupied residence.

Assistant United States Attorney Mike Dion stated that a long sentence was necessary to protect the public: DESKINS. “sold crack, and used the home he shared with his wife and three young children as the headquarters of his criminal operations. Deskins stored crack in his three year old daughter’s bedroom. Deskins kept a loaded pistol and a loaded assault rifle in the house..... In short, in 2009, Curtiss Deskins was armed and ready to kill – just as he was years earlier when he shot (his girlfriend) in the stomach, or when he fired six shots into an occupied house...”

The case was investigated by the SWIGET, which is made up of officers and agents of the FBI, Vancouver Police Department (VPD), Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections. SWIGET was formed to combat violent gang crime in the Vancouver, Washington area.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mike Dion.

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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