SEATTLE – A 48-year-old Bremerton, Washington man was sentenced today in US District Court in Seattle to nine years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, US Attorney Nick Brown announced. During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge John Kuffenur noted that it was Wood’s third federal conviction and that he had misbehaved while on supervised release. “He has the most revocations (of supervised release) I’ve seen in 40 years on the bench,” Judge Coughnour said.
“Mr. Wood has racked up state and federal convictions for drug trafficking while working with some of the most brutal drug cartels our county has ever seen,” said US Attorney Brown. “He was dealing several pounds of methamphetamine. It cannot be overstated the damage he has done to the community with the high volume of drug dealing.”
In this latest conviction, Wood was distributing methamphetamine for the head of a drug operation linked to Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). An extensive wiretapping investigation led to the indictment of 19 defendants in July 2020. When authorities went to arrest Wood in the halfway house where he was staying, he fled and evaded capture for nearly a year. He was detained on June 10, 2021, after another attempt to escape from the police. Wood pleaded guilty on July 27, 2022.
In asking for a significant sentence, prosecutors described Wood’s long criminal history. He was first convicted of possession of methamphetamine in 2001. He also had a firearm. In 2003, he received his first federal conviction for distributing methamphetamine for a major drug-trafficking organization. In 2011, he was convicted of drug trafficking in Kitsap County. in 2011 During a drug bust, he was indicted federally in 2015 for again distributing meth plants for a major drug organization. Wood was released in 2018, and while on probation for both the 2011 state case and the 2015 federal case, he committed the drug distribution crimes for which he was convicted today.
“Wood’s history shows that he has spent the vast majority of his life in drug trafficking. With his third federal conviction, he did not retreat from his criminal lifestyle and, rather, continued to be associated at every turn with high-level drug trafficking organizations that supplied him with significant amounts of methamphetamine for redistribution. His complete failure to comply with the conditions of supervision further underscores the need for a significant sentence,” Assistant United States Attorney Amy Jackett wrote in the government’s sentencing.
This prosecution is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and destroys top-level drug traffickers, money launderers, criminal gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-led, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of the federal state. : state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
The investigation was conducted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office in cooperation with the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Kent Police, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police, Thurston County Narcotics Team (TNT), Federal Bureau of Investigation : Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Internal Revenue Service Bureau of Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amy Jackett and C. Andrew Colasurdo.