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HeroinTACOMA — A Puyallup area man who owns the Zapateria Tarascos western wear store in Tacoma was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison after he was found guilty for conspiracy to distribute heroin out of his store.

According to U.S. Attorney Jenny A Durkan, Marcos Araujo Urrieta, 47, was arrested Sept. 17 and pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking in the Tacoma area. He was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in jail.

Urrieta owned the store located at 924 East 72nd Street in Tacoma that sold western clothing, including boots and hats. Law enforcement officers searched the store and found about four pounds of heroin and $250,000 in cash. Urrieta admitted the cash was from drug sales and other store merchandise.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the case was investigated by an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task force, the Lakewood Police Department and the Pierce county Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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3 comments

  • jearuiz01

    USA is the biggest consumer market, the MAIN focus has to be to decrease the demand that will regulate the rest. Who would have thought that smoking cigarettes would decrease to the extenb it has? Put the money spent on police and criminal preventions on promotioin of how uncool it is not to be in control of your own destine, not to dare to say no. If drugs are not cool – the demand will decrease, everything that is banned is cool. Open access to help for people cought in the dopecirquit. DECREASE the use – with all the power of Media – it is the simplest route. Healthy lifestyle i now in, dependancy on drugs is an easy message of not being your own master – hence – not cool. inpatient substance abuse programs

  • nod32 Keys

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the case was investigated by an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task force, the Lakewood Police Department and the Pierce county Sheriff’s Office.