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Kennewick Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison for Possessing More Than a Dozen Weapons

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Richland, Washington - Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Kyle Keith Trapp age 61, of Kennewick, Washington, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. United States District Judge Mary K. Dimke imposed a sentence of 78 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, on January 7, 2023, an assault victim arrived at a hospital in the Tri-Cities, bleeding and missing several teeth. He told law enforcement several individuals had beaten him and accused him of stealing drugs from Trapp.

Law enforcement obtained and executed a search warrant for Trapp’s residence. Investigators located 18 firearms including 5 shotguns, 8 rifles, and 5 handguns.  Two of the weapons had unknown serial numbers, a third was a privately manufactured firearm or “ghost gun”. Officers located a quantity of ammunition and miscellaneous gun parts. Investigators also located approximately 300 grams of suspected heroin and substances used to mix with heroin for the purpose of distribution, 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia.

Trapp told detectives the assault and kidnapping happened at his residence, but he did not contact police because he had guns and drugs at his house. He also admitted to distributing heroin and trading guns for drugs. Furthermore, he told detectives he knew he was prohibited from possessing guns because of his prior felony.

“This case is an example of the culture of violence and dangerous behavior which surrounds drug distribution. Mr. Trapp had drugs, and more than a dozen illegal firearms, including a ghost gun, stashed at his house,” stated U.S. Attorney Waldref. “My office will continue to target violent offenders who threaten the safety of our communities.”

“Mr. Trapp knew he was barred from possessing firearms but demonstrated his complete disregard for the law and safety of his community.” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office. “In addition to illegally possessing numerous weapons, he was distributing dangerous drugs into the community. I commend the work of our investigators and partners, whose hard work brought justice through putting this violent offender back in prison.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca Perez.


Robert Curry

Public Affairs Specialist 

Updated March 14, 2024

Drug Trafficking
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