Cocaine dealer gets 14 years

Federal Way resident Carlos Daniels, 37, will spend 14 years in prison for charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Court judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered Daniels to five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to relinquish four luxury cars — a Rolls Royce, two Mercedes Benz vehicles and a Cadillac — along with jewelry, $250,000 in cash and three houses to the government, according to an Oct. 19 news release from the U.S. District Court in Tacoma. All items were obtained with money collected through Daniels’ drug dealing, according to the release.

Daniels was arrested on May 16, 2006, after a governmental wiretap investigation, according to the news release. Officials from the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force caught Daniels on tape arranging a drug transaction for the purchase of 20 kilograms of cocaine.

Daniels was arrested after he met with two male drug dealers at a building on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma where Daniels exchanged $154,000 in cash for 12 kilos of cocaine, according to the release.

In Daniels’ car, agents found another approximately 24 kilos of cocaine and $182,500 in cash. Additional cocaine and more than $70,000 in cash, jewelry and firearms — which Daniels was in illegal possession of due to his felon status — were discovered when Daniels’ home in Federal Way was searched.

The two men who sold Daniels the cocaine, Jose Luis Campos and Miguel Angel Peralta Alonzo, were arrested following the drug deal in 2006. They were sentenced to 76 months and 21 months in prison this past August and September, respectively, according to the news release.

Power line blocks road:

Northbound and southbound lanes on Military Road in Federal Way near the 29600 block were closed from about 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, when a power line snapped and fell over the roadway after having been struck by an excavator, Federal Way Police Lt. Tracy Grossnickle said.The power line provided electricity to one household, which lost power. Nobody was hurt during the incident. The event is thought to be related to that evening’s windstorm, Grossnickle said. For this reason, an investigation is not under way, he said. The road was temporarily closed to protect motorists and prevent any injuries, Grossnickle said.

Smoking in public places:

The King County Board of Health voted unanimously Oct. 18 to increase enforcement of smoking in public places, and placed regulations passed by voters into local law.

In November 2005, state voters overwhelmingly approved citizen’s Initiative 901, which banned smoking in public places statewide, including bars, restaurants and clubs. Because it has been two years since the initiative passed, the Legislature could, in the upcoming session, make amendments to the current law or weaken it by providing exemptions for businesses.

The regulation adopted by the Board of Health allows King County to implement greater tobacco enforcement regulations by making repeated violations subject to both civil penalties and involvement by the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. It also places the statewide law and its enforcement into the Code of the King County Board of Health, meaning it will protect and maintain the tobacco regulations implemented after passage of Initiative 901, even if changes are made at a state level.


An Oct. 17 Mirror story on the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Academy should have said the Gates Foundation (and Paul Allen Foundation) had not announced funding the project yet, even though it provided the initial funding.

Haunted house:

A haunted house hosted by Thomas Jefferson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America will run 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 4248 S. 288th St. Kids in preschool to fifth grade can wear a costume and bring a canned food donation.

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