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Pasco Convicted Felon Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Possession

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

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jared Ryan Marcum, age 39, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced today after having been convicted on December 1, 2017, following two separate jury trials, of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Senior United States District Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Marcum to a 25-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 10-year term of court supervision following his release from federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Kennewick Police Department (KPD) Officers stopped a Cadillac due to an arrest warrant for its driver. Officers identified Marcum as the front-seat passenger and a known convicted felon. After arresting the driver, officers began an impound  of the Cadillac because Marcum did not have a valid driver’s license. While inventorying the vehicle’s contents, officers discovered a handgun and suspected narcotics in the passenger seat glove box. After obtaining a search warrant, officers seized 288 grams of methamphetamine, 51 grams of heroin, a digital scale, and a loaded firearm. Marcum’s fingerprints and DNA were found on the scale and firearm.

At sentencing, Judge Shea noted that Marcum’s lengthy criminal history of drug dealing, violence, and possession of firearms indicated his “continued lack of respect for the law.” Judge Shea also imposed a 2-year concurrent term of imprisonment for Marcum’s commission of the offenses while on federal supervised release. In 2006, Marcum received a 10-year term of imprisonment for similar firearm-related conduct.

Harrington said, “The Court’s sentence will serve protect the community, punish Marcum, and deter others who might consider committing similar crimes in our community. I commend the law enforcement officers who worked on this case. Their seamless partnership resulted in the successful outcome of this matter. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for offenders who possess with intent to distribute drugs and illegally possess firearms in this District.”

This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to specifically identify the criminals responsible for violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington and pursue criminal prosecution. PSN has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

This case was investigated by the cooperative efforts of the FBI, the Kennewick Police Department (KPD), KPD Criminal Apprehension Team, the Tri-Cities Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force, the Washington State Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Laurel J. Holland and Ian L. Garriques, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated May 9, 2018

Press Release Number: 4:15-CR-6031-EFS