Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Delivering Large Quantities of Meth, Fentanyl in Western Washington
Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Delivering Large Quantities of Meth, Fentanyl in Western Washington

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By The Chronicle staff 

A Spanaway man convicted for delivering large quantities of meth and fentanyl to Western Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court to eight years in prison. 

The defendant, identified by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as Dwayne Douglas George, 62, reportedly acted as a courier for a transnational drug distribution ring delivering drugs from California to Lewis, Thurston, King, Pierce, Mason and Kitsap counties. 

“Mr. George was a large-scale distributor of illegal narcotics which have caused countless deaths and sorrow for many families in the Pacific Northwest,” said Jacob D. Galvan, acting special agent in charge from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Seattle Field Division. “The DEA and all of its partners will continue to investigate, arrest and hold accountable individuals like Mr. George and those organizations that seek to bring harm to our communities.”

George was indicted alongside 16 codefendants in November 2021 following a nearly two-year-long investigation, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Law enforcement seized 9 pounds of methamphetamine in a traffic stop on May 16, 2020,  another 30 pounds of meth in a stop on April 2, 2021, and 57 pounds of methamphetamine and 20,000 fentanyl pills in a traffic stop on Sept. 28, 2021. Additionally, on Aug. 17, 2021, law enforcement seized 19 pounds of methamphetamine that conspirators attempted to mail to Fiji.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour noted “the large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl in the case.  Both are extremely dangerous and caused a lot of damage in this community.”

In asking for an eight-year prison sentence, prosecutors wrote to the court that George “worked alongside members of a large transnational drug organization, selling pound-quantities of methamphetamine. Moreover, he also made the decision to get involved in the distribution of fentanyl, an incredibly dangerous and oftentimes lethal drug, that he never used himself. Based on his conduct, the amounts of drugs he was distributing, and his long criminal past, including more than 30 years of drug trafficking, George is not only deserving of a significant sentence, but such a sentence is also clearly necessary to protect the public.”

Judge Coughenour ordered George to serve four years of supervised release following his prison term.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.

The investigation was led by DEA Seattle Field Division, the Tacoma Resident Office and the Bremerton Police Department, with assistance from the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement; the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team; the Centralia, Chehalis, Seattle, Puyallup, Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Bonney Lake, Tacoma and Lakewood police departments; the Pierce, Kitsap and Mason county sheriff’s offices; Washington State Department of Corrections; Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team; Washington State Patrol; Thurston Narcotics Team; United States Postal Inspections Service; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys C. Andrew Colasurdo and William Dreher.