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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Armed Drug Dealer from Seattle’s Belltown Neighborhood Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Ran Drug Operation from Elderly Grandmother’s Condominium

          A Seattle man who sold heroin and meth in downtown Seattle while armed with a handgun was sentenced today in U.S. District Court  in Seattle to six years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  JUSTIN GARRETT HARRISON, 37, used his 85-year-old grandmother’s condominium home to store and sell heroin and methamphetamine.  Judge John C. Coughenour sentenced HARRISON for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime.  Judge Coughenour ordered four years of supervised release to follow the prison term.

            According to records filed in the case, in late January 2017, HARRISON arranged to sell $2500 worth of heroin to an undercover agent.  Police had already received numerous complaints from neighbors at HARRISON’s grandmother’s condo complex about the high volume of foot traffic coming and going from the condo.  HARRISON was arrested in the lobby of the building after he returned from another drug deal.  HARRISON carried a backpack containing meth, heroin, prescription pills, three cell phones, a drug ledger and a loaded handgun with additional rounds of ammunition.  In the apartment law enforcement found other evidence of drug trafficking and at a room in a nearby hotel they found nearly half a pound of methamphetamine that HARRISON was storing in the room safe.

            HARRISON is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a King County Superior Court conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.  In that case HARRISON threatened a cab driver with a knife.

            The case was investigated by the Seattle Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Manca. Ms. Manca is a Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute gun crimes in federal court.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Elder Justice
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Updated March 6, 2018