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Seattle man sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of drugs and a “ghost” machinegun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Polymer firearm had switch to make it automatic and extended magazine

Seattle –A 32-year-old Seattle man was sentenced today to ten years in prison for his possession of a so-called “ghost gun” and drugs in a stolen vehicle, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. Jade B. Irey was arrested at an auto parts store in Kent, Washington on March 24, 2022. On December 5, 2022, Irey pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a machinegun, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said, Irey had been “a one-person crime wave.”  Judge Robart noted that Irey had 700 fentanyl pills and the machinegun, making the case “one of the most serious I’ve seen in recent history.”

“Unregistered, fully automatic, and with an extended magazine, this weapon and others like it are designed for one thing: to kill,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. “We are intent on using all the tools Congress has given us to combat possession of such illegal weapons and the damage they do in our communities.”

According to records in the case, Irey was under investigation for a December 2021 burglary in Bellevue, where he apparently dropped his cell phone while leaving the scene. The resident turned the cell phone over to police. Bellevue Police put Irey under surveillance, following him and an associate from his residence in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle to stops throughout the area.  When a records check indicated the vehicle Irey was driving was stolen, police arrested Irey inside the auto parts store in Kent. A search of the car turned up the ghost gun and a pouch containing methamphetamine, black tar heroin, and 700 suspected fentanyl pills. Using court authorized search

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warrants, investigators reviewed information on Irey’s electronic devices detailing his drug sales and ownership of the firearm.

Irey is also charged in state court for a number of crimes including burglary, identity theft, car theft and hit and run.  The plea and sentencing in this case is part of a global resolution and the state sentences are expected to run concurrent with the ten year federal sentence.

The case was investigated by the Bellevue Police Department Special Operations Unit with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated May 16, 2023

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