Washington Controlled Substance Law
 

United States of America v. Dr. Janet Sue Arnold

Spokane, WA: Drug distribution criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Dr. Janet Sue Arnold, age 63, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute opioid pain medications (specifically, fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, hydromorphone, methylphenidate, and amphetamine mixture) and other controlled substances (carisoprodol and alprazolam), without a legitim... More...   $0 (09-09-2021 - WA)

United States of America v. Jaymes Arthur Gallagher and Brittany Nicole Chipman

Tacoma, Washington criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with drug trafficking.

Jaymes Arthur Gallagher, 34, and Brittany Nicole Chipman, 28, were charged with possession of large quantities of methamphetamine.

Gallagher came to the attention of law enforcement as a significant distributor of methamphetamine in the Thurston County and Tacoma areas. After some und... More...
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United States of America v. Gregory David Werber

Tacoma, Washington criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with money laundering.

Gregory David Werber, 58, of Manhattan Beach, California, was charged with laundered drug proceeds for a drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine in Western Washington.

“Drug traffickers are in it for the money–and those who co... More...
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United States of America v. Fedir Hladyr

Seattle, Washington conspiracy charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Fedir Hladyr, 35, a Ukranian national, served as a high-level manager and systems administrator for FIN7 was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

Defendant was arrested in Dresden, Germany, in 2018 at the request of U.S. law enforcement a... More...
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United States of America v. Hasham Zeyar Al-Ani

Tacoma, Washington felony possession of a firearm and heroin charge criminal defense lawyer represented Hasham Zeyar Al-Ani, age 31, who was charged with e for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin and oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Defendant was arrested in October 2019, following an undercover law enforcement operation where AL-ANI, who goes by the nam... More...
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United States of America v. Austin Hsu

Seattle, Washington fraud charge lawyer represented Austin Hsu, age 46, who was charged with one count of wire fraud. He was charged with perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security... More...   $0 (01-22-2021 - WA)

United States of America v. Bartell Drug, Inc.

Seattle, Washington controlled substance act violation criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Bartell Drug, Inc., with violating the Controlled Substances Act by filling invalid prescriptions.

For many, the descent into opioid abuse begins with improper prescriptions. Thats why it is critical that our pharmacists serve as a check to keep the public safe, said U.S. Attorney Mor... More...
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United States of America v. James Matthew Ethrington

Spokane, Washington drug charge criminal defense lawyer represented defendant, James Matthew Ethrington, age 33, a resident of Spokane, Washington, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, in August, 2019, the Spokane Police Department conducted a traffic stop ... More...
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United States of America v. Adam Michael Kelley





Tacoma, WA - The United States of America charged Adam Michael Kelley, atge 38, with drug possession with intent to distribute and felony possession of a firearm.

According to the facts in the plea agreement, on March 27, 2019, KELLY and his then-girlfriend lef... More...
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United States of America v. Julie Sue Doran






Tacoma, WA - The United States of America charged Julie Sue Doran with wire fraud and embezzlement.

A 53-year-old Port Orchard, Washington, woman was charged today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with wire fraud for her scheme to embezzle from a company sh... More...
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United States of America v. Ryan Eric Fletcher and Linnette Torres

Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Ryan Eric Fletcher and Linnette Torres with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

A couple who resided on the Upper Skagit Indian Reservation pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. Both face up to twenty years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik.

The FBI and Upper Skagit Police Department wor... More...
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United States of America v. Orlando Barajas

Tacoma, WA - The United States of America charged Orlando Barajas with money laundering of drug trafficking proceeds.

A Skagit County resident who operated businesses in Burlington and Sedro Woolley, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 18 months in prison for his role in knowingly laundering cash drug proceeds for a drug cartel, announced U.S. Attorney Brian... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel F. Humphrey

Spokane, WA - The United States of America charged Daniel F. Humphrey with possession of meth.

Daniel F. Humphrey, age 43, of Spokane, Washington was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on September 3, 2019, to distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Humphrey to a 140-month (11.6 years) term of imprisonment, to be ... More...
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United States of America v. Sami Anwar

Richland, WA - The United States of America charged Sami Anwar with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, and 45 additional charged crimes including Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Obtaining Controlled Substances Through Fraud, and Furnishing False Information to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Anwar, 42, of Richland, WA, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Co... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Scott Morgan, Jr.




Seattle, WA - Leader of large Seattle-based drug trafficking organization sentenced to 12.5 years in prison

Amassed arsenal of firearms for gang-connected organization; laundered more than $750,000 at casinos

A Seattle man trafficking large amou... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Luis Moniz




Spokane, WA - Sinaloa Cartel Associate Sentenced to 10 Year Prison Term for Drug Trafficking

Jose Luis Muniz, age 38, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable am... More...
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David Weil v. Citizens Telecom Services Company, LLC





Hearsay does not include statements offered against a
party, made by that partys employee on a matter within the
scope of the employees employment, so long as the
statement was made while the employee was still employed
by that party. Fed. ... More...
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United States of America v. Dr. James Stein-Sheridan Shelby




Spokane, WA - Spokane Dentist Pleads Guilty to Distributing Opioids

Dr. James Stein-Sheridan Shelby, age 50, of Spokane, Washington, pled guilty to conspiring with Timothy James Felch, age 36, of Spokane, Washingt... More...
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United States of America v. Aubrey Taylor




Seattle, WA - Violent Pimp Convicted of Human Trafficking Following Eight Day Trial

Defendant Trafficked Juvenile and Adults, Controlling Them with Violence, Threats and Narcotics

A Seattle area man with a prior history of promoting prostitution... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ROBERT LAWRENCE VEDEROFF





Vederoff was charged with and pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in ... More...
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United States of America v. Charles Edgar Trout




Spokane, WA - Spokane Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

Charles Edgar Troutt, age 49, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on May 18, 2018, to being a felon in possession of firearms. United States Dist... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Guerrero




Seattle, WA - California Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

Eleven Kilos of Fentanyl Seized from Hidden Compartment in His Mini-Van

A Palmdale, California man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison and... More...
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Curtis Rockaird v. BNSF Railway Company

These appeals follow a civil jury trial. The jury found
that BNSF Railway Company violated the anti-retaliation
provision of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) when
BNSF fired Curtis Rookaird for, in part, refusing to stop
performing an air-brake test on a 42-car train that he was
tasked with moving. Rookaird was awarded over $1.2
million in damages. BNSF appeals issu... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. KEVIN TERRELL PETERSON


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Peterson also challenges his sentence of 48 months imprisonment imposed for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The district court concluded that Petersons prior conviction for firstdegree robbery was a crime of violence as that term is defined by U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Guidelines or U.S.S.G.) section 4B1.2(a) which, along with ... More...   $0 (09-10-2018 - WA)

Eva Moore v. John Urquhart

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

This is a class action challenging the constitutionality of
a Washington statute that allows tenants to be evicted from
their homes without a court hearing. Plaintiffs seek
declaratory and injunctive relief against the Sheriff of King
County, whose office enforces the challenged statute by
executing the eviction orders. The district court dismissed
the action with prejudice... More...
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Danny P.; Angela P.; Nicole B. v. Catholic Health Initiatives

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Danny P., Angela P. and Nicole B. (hereafter collectively
P) appeal the district courts grant of summary judgment to
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Catholic Health
Initiatives Medical PlanBlue Cross Blue Shield (collectively
the Plan). The Plan denied Ps claim for the cost of Nicole
B.s inpatient stay in Island View Residential Treatment
Center (Island Vie... More...
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Michelle Echlin v. PearceHealth, d/b/a PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

We must decide whether, under the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, a company that sent letters demanding that
hospital patients pay their overdue medical bills meaningfully
participated in the hospitals efforts to collect debts.
I
Michelle Echlin is a former patient of PeaceHealth
Southwest Medical Center (PeaceHealth) in Vancouver,
4 ECHLIN V PEACEHEALTH
Washin... More...
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Friends of Moon Creek, et al v. Diamond Lake Improvement Ass'n, et al.

Washington Court of Appeals, Division III - Spoken, Washington

After ruling on summary judgment that Sharon Sorby did not
enjoy qualified immunity from the plaintiffs claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983, the trial
court certified its order under RAP 2.3(b)(4) as one involv[ing] a controlling question of
law as to which there is substantial ground for a difference of opinion. We granted
discretionary review. We conclude that Ms. Sorby enjoys quali... More...
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State of Washington v. Oscar Raul Lopez

Washington Supreme Court Building

The trial court found that Oscar Lopez's lawyer
was "fairly obvious[ly]" "severely handicapped" by depression during the pretrial
and trial phases of Lopez's case.' That finding was supported by the trial court's
own observations of defense counsel's performanceand sometimes failure to show
upat trial. That finding was also supported by declarations and testimony
presented at... More...
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United States of America v. Raphael A. Sanchez

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former ICE Chief Counsel Pleads Guilty to Using the Identities of Numerous Aliens for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor pleaded guilty today for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous alien... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JUSTIN CURTIS WERLE

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

In March of 2014, Justin Curtis Werle was indicted in the Eastern District of Washington for the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), and possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 5861(d). Werle pled guilty to both counts against him, and a sentencing hearing was held later that year. The district court found that Werle ha... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - WA)

State of Washington v. Eric Cruz

Okanogan County Courthouse - Okanogan, Washington

In 2012, Officer Troy McCormick of the
Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife saw Eric Daniel Cruz illegally
"snag" a salmon in the Similkameen River. McCormick arrested Cruz for this
misdemeanor fishing violation. McCormick also handcuffed Cruz, searched his
body, and found no weapons, but further questioned the handcuffed Cruz about
whether he had weapons elsewhere. C... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Alberto Abundiz, a/k/a "Scarface"

Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - Yakima Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

Jose Alberto Abundiz, a.k.a. Scarface, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced after previously having pled guilty on June 28, 2017, to distribution of a controlled substance methamphetamine. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Abundiz to a 150-month term of impr... More...
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United States of America v. George Edward Hernandez, Jr.

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Heavily Armed South Sound Drug Dealer Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison - Five Guns, 27 Pounds of Drugs and over $50,000 Seized from his Residences

A south sound resident with four drug stash houses in Tacoma, Auburn and Federal Way, Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to eleven years in prison and five years of supervised release. George Edward Hernandez... More...
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United States of America v. Paula Odia

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Vancouver, Washington, Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Assisting in Filing False Tax Documents
Defendant Falsified Deductions and Credits so She Could Claim a Share of Larger Tax Refund

A Camas, Washington, tax preparer, who now lives in Vancouver, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to assisting in filing false tax documents. PAULA ODI... More...
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Gavin Lee Buck v. Nancy A. Berryhill

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

Gavin Buck (Buck) appeals the district courts
judgment affirming the denial of Social Security Disability
Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) benefits. Buck is diagnosed with several mental
illnesses, including bipolar disorder, antisocial personality
disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD). We have jurisdiction under 28 U.... More...
   $0 (09-05-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. William Ali

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - New Zealand Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Export Sensitive Parts to China - Traveled to Seattle to Pick up Parts from Undercover Agent; Planned to Smuggle Parts into China

A resident of New Zealand, who traveled to Seattle in April 2016 to take possession of export-restricted parts designed for missile and space applications, was sentenced July 27, 2017 in U.S. District Co... More...
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United States of America v. Anthony Joseph Cortinas

Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - Kennewick Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

Anthony Joseph Cortinas, age 49, of Kennewick, Washington, was sentenced after previously having pled guilty on February 21, 2017, to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Senior United States District Judge Edward F. Shea, sentenced Cortinas to a 15-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by... More...
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Donald and Katrina Simmons v. City of Othello

Donald and Katrina Simmons appeal the summary judgment
dismissal of their lawsuit against the city of Othello, arising from the failure of a line
connecting their home to the city's main sewer line. Based on evidence that the failure
occurred in the portion of the line lying under a public alley traveled by heavy city
garbage trucks, the Simmonses contend they are entitled to a tri... More...
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United States of America v. Hugh Brown and Edward Foster

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Pair Who Delivered Fatal Dose of Heroin Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison

Federal Prosecutors Join with Tribal Leaders to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country

Two men who were involved in the delivery of a fatal dose of heroin to a young member of the Quileute Tribe were each sentenced June 12, 2017, to 42 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Haye... More...
   $0 (06-14-2017 - WA)

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