Sequim, Washington, man sentenced to 70 months in prison for trafficking in methamphetamine while armed with a semi-automatic pistol | USAO-WDWA
Tacoma – A 57-year-old man from Sequim, Washington, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison by the US District Court in Tacoma. Kenneth Francis Simmons became aware of law enforcement agencies in early 2019 as a prolific methamphetamine dealer in the Sequim area, Lower Elwha Indian Reservations and Jamestown S’Klallam. US District Judge Benjamin H. Settle noted that the ruling was to protect the community because methamphetamine is a poison that ruins lives.
“Methamphetamine not only destroys the lives of those who use it, but also destroys the lives of families and friends who witness the toll this drug takes on their loved ones,” said US Attorney Nick Brown. “As a longtime trader, this defendant has touched the lives of longtime addicts, first-time users, and everyone in between. This sentence is an important first step for the security of the community. “
According to files filed in the case, the FBI and the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) began investigating Simmons in 2019. In July 2019, a person who worked for law enforcement made four purchases of methamphetamine from Simmons. On August 16, 2019, a Clallam County Sheriff’s assistant stopped Simmons for speeding. Eventually, Simmons’ car was confiscated and a court-authorized search revealed that he had methamphetamine packaged for resale, as well as a firearm. Simmons is prohibited from possession of firearms due to his previous conviction of serious criminal offenses.
On September 1, 2021, Simmons pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for delivery, possession of a firearm to promote a drug trafficking crime, and distribution of methamphetamine.
The case has been investigated by the FBI and the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET).
The case was followed up by US Assistant Attorney Tate London. Mr. London serves as a tribal liaison for the U.S. Attorney General.