November 10, 2017 Investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle have gotten 13 kilograms of drugs off the streets. They have recently convicted one of the 17 people arrested as part of the Operation Car Wash sting that tracked drug dealers in Mount Vernon. The 30-year-old man was one of more than a dozen drug dealers who would meet up at a car wash in Mount Vernon to sell drugs. After searching multiple locations, law enforcement officials found and seized a variety of drugs and other items. They located nearly $300,000 in cash, at least 20 firearms, almost one kilogram of heroin, more than 4 kilograms of cocaine and 8 kilograms of methamphetamine. The Washington man was convicted of various criminal offenses, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of controlled substances and illegal possession of ammunition. He faces at least 10 years in prison. Washington Drug Laws Drug possession charges are not penalized as harshly as distribution charges. Sometimes a person charged with simple possession can avoid jail time by completing a substance abuse program. However, that likely won’t be possible for the man in this case. He faces numerous drug and ammunition charges, most which are classified as felonies. Cocaine and heroin are considered hard drugs, and being caught with them can result in serious penalties. Cocaine possession alone can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and five years in prison. Selling cocaine is a Class B felony. The man was caught with 4 kilograms of cocaine, which would result in a penalty of $100,000 and up to 10 years in prison. While cocaine use is being replaced by heroin, cocaine is still very popular in Washington, especially among the party crowd. Cocaine offers stimulant effects and is often tied to criminal activity, which is why law enforcement is focused on getting it off the streets. Get Help for Your Criminal Case While marijuana is legal in Washington, other drugs such as heroin and cocaine are not. Possession and distribution of these drugs are penalized harshly. Felony charges are not uncommon. The criminal defense lawyers at the Nahajski Firm have decades of experience helping those accused of drug charges. We can evaluate your case and offer a solid defense to help reduce your penalties. To learn more about how we can help, schedule a free consultation by contacting the Nahajski Firm at (206) 621-0500.