Sacramento drug boss Israel “Puck” Washington was sentenced Thursday to 34 years in prison for trafficking heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, and methamphetamine. 43-year-old Washington used various businesses as a front to conceal and disguise his extensive drug trafficking and operated a large crew of gang members as his drug distribution organization.
“Motivated by greed and power, Washington led a gang-affiliated drug trafficking ring concealing criminal activity through a variety of his businesses,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin. “This type of behavior terrorizes a community and rips at its sense of security. Washington’s 34-year sentence pays a debt to society that he clearly owes.”
Washington’s downfall began in 2010, when authorities identified one of his businesses, Wet Ways Auto Body and Paint Shop, as a place where Washington and his associates conducted drug deals. He oversaw the distribution of thousands of doses of crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine between 2006 and 2013 in Sacramento.
In 2012, an undercover operative bought heroin and meth from Washington’s organization. On May 21, 2013, DEA agents served search warrants at two Sacramento-area stash pads controlled by Washington. Agents seized a stolen firearm and more than three pounds of heroin at stash pads maintained by his group.
“Washington oversaw an extensive drug trafficking operation for several years and is responsible for the distribution of large amounts of dangerous drugs into our community,” U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said. “That conduct has devastating effects on the lives of those who abuse such drugs, their family members, and the community as a whole. The sentence handed down appropriately reflects the seriousness of Washington's crime and the harm he caused.”
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