Tacoma man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug, weapons violations

Staff writerJune 4, 2013 

A Tacoma man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for various drug and weapons charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Titus Peterson, 34, was convicted in October of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, four counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and witness tampering.

During Monday’s sentencing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle told Peterson, “The court has no confidence … that you’re at a point mentally to make a change in your life.”

When Tacoma police arrested Peterson in January 2010 for jaywalking, they found two baggies of crack cocaine he tried to toss after noticing officers in the area. When he failed to appear in court to face the charges, a warrant was issued and he was arrested a second time in October 2011 during a traffic stop.

Police found an ounce of crack cocaine in Peterson’s vehicle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A search of his apartment and storage unit uncovered 9 ounces of crack and powder cocaine, $23,000 in cash, a Taurus 9mm pistol and a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol.

Peterson’s witness tampering charge was added after he made several calls from jail to friends and family members, “attempting to thwart the investigation and prosecution,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644
adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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