MEN INVOLVED IN TWO POUND HEROIN DEAL SENTENCED TO LONG PRISON TERMS
Repeat Offenders Staged Drug Deal at Soccer Field Parking Lot in North Seattle
BEN HUNLOCK, 39, of Kent, Washington, and VICTOR HUGO GUTAMA, 45, of Seattle, Washington, were sentenced to long prison terms today for conspiracy to distribute heroin. The men were arrested March 15, 2010, in north Seattle while engaged in a two pound heroin deal. HUNLOCK was sentenced to nine years in prison. GUTAMA was sentenced to eight years in prison. Both men have multiple prior convictions for drug dealing. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said the sentences were based, in part, on their history of drug dealing.
According to records filed in the case, in February 2010, a Spokane man identified HUNLOCK as a source of heroin. HUNLOCK agreed to supply the man, who was working with law enforcement, with a half pound of heroin. The Spokane man was wearing an audio transmitter when he went to HUNLOCK’s Kent residence to buy the drugs on March 15, 2010. Agents were listening as HUNLOCK revealed that the men would need to meet his drug supplier in north Seattle to pick up the heroin. As HUNLOCK and the Spokane man traveled north from Kent, they heard HUNLOCK arrange to meet GUTAMA, his supplier, at “the ball field” in north Seattle. The men pulled in to the parking lot at a soccer field adjacent to Lakeside School near North 145th Street. Two other vehicles arrived as part of the drug deal. HUNLOCK got into GUTAMA’s car to pay for the drugs. Concerned about the proximity of young people on the soccer field, agents moved in and arrested HUNLOCK, GUTAMA, and a third defendant, Teodoro Contreas. Agents also identified a 17-year-old juvenile who was riding in one of the cars, and she was not arrested. In one of the cars, agents found and seized two and a half pounds of heroin. In GUTAMA’s car was a bag containing $11,174 – including $4,000 of marked “buy money” the Spokane man had provided to HUNLOCK.
The men pleaded guilty in May 2010. HUNLOCK has five prior drug trafficking convictions since 1989. GUTAMA has four prior drug trafficking convictions since 2001.
In asking for a lengthy sentence for GUTAMA, Assistant United States Attorney Lisca Borichewski noted that GUTAMA poses a clear risk to the community. “During the defendant’s last arrest in 2004, state law enforcement officers searched his residence where six controlled buys were conducted, and recovered additional heroin, cocaine, currency, and a firearm. In the present case, the defendant arranged the sale of over 2 pounds of heroin to take place at the Lakeside school parking lot, with children playing nearby,” Ms. Borichewski wrote in her sentencing memo.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisca Borichewski.
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.