Tacoma – A Portland, Oregon, resident was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 20 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin and oxycodone with intent to distribute, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. HUSHAM ZEYAD AL-ANI, 31, was arrested in October 2019, following an undercover law enforcement operation where AL-ANI, who goes by the name “Ash,” purchased two assault rifles from an undercover agent. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan said, “You’ve gotten into a lot of trouble and committed a lot of crimes.”
According to records filed in the case, AL-ANI has felony convictions in Washington (possession of heroin with intent to deliver and illegal firearm possession–2014) and Oregon (burglary–2017) which prohibit him from possessing firearms. Nevertheless, in the fall of 2019, law enforcement got word that AL-ANI was attempting to purchase firearms. An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) posed as a gun seller offering firearms for sale. AL-ANI arrived at the meet location in a parking lot in Vancouver and inspected two AK-47-type assault rifles. AL-ANI paid the agent and took possession of the guns, whereupon he was immediately arrested by Vancouver Police and ATF agents.
Following the arrest, law enforcement discovered AL-ANI had a 9mm Glock-style unserialized, privately made polymer pistol stowed in his car, and had heroin, a small amount of methamphetamine, and oxycodone pills in his possession.
AL-ANI pleaded guilty in November 2020.
The case was investigated by the ATF and the Vancouver Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.