Larry Alan Hayes is an enterprising sort.
Too bad for him, and society, the enterprise he excels in is crime.
Already a 19-time felon, Hayes, 46, was arrested this week and charged with running a drug ring in Lakewood. Police said they found cash, methamphetamine, heroin and guns in his cars and home.
Hayes allegedly admitted to “making good amounts of money” by selling drugs since his most recent release from prison in November 2013, court records show.
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Police allege he used some of those ill-gotten gains to accumulate a fleet of high-end vehicles, including a BMW, a Nissan 300Z, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 1923 Ford Roadster.
Pierce County prosecutors charged him Wednesday with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.
His alleged partner in crime, Sean Michael Hill, 24, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and illegal firearms possession.
Both men pleaded not guilty in Superior Court.
Judge Jerry Costello ordered Hayes jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail and Hill in lieu of $10,000 bail.
One might think Hayes would have learned a lesson and eschewed a life of crime after the Washington State Court of Appeals gave him a break in 2011.
Two years before that, he’d been sentenced to a long prison term after a Pierce County jury convicted him of running an identity-theft ring that committed crimes in three states before being busted up in 2007.
Prosecutors argued at that time that Hayes was a career criminal who deserved a sentence above the standard range. Pro-tem Judge Eric Schmidt agreed, meting out a 15-year term in September 2009.
The Court of Appeals invalidated that sentence in 2011, saying Hayes’ conduct did not amount to a “major economic offense” as prosecutors had argued. Therefore, the appellate panel ruled, he did not qualify for an exceptional sentence.
Hayes was released from prison in November 2013 after completing a standard-range sentence.
For reasons undisclosed in court records, Lakewood police began looking at him recently as part of a “narcotics investigation.”
They served search warrants on his house and cars Tuesday, arresting him as he was leaving home in the Nissan, court records show.
“Hayes related that he had about 3 kilos of methamphetamine and a quarter pound of heroin in the trunk of the Nissan,” court records show.
Police searched the trunk. They found the drugs and a loaded AR-15 rifle, the records show. Inside the car they discovered a bank bag that contained $20,640 in small denominations.
The search moved inside, where police found a loaded 9mm pistol in Hill’s bedroom, and, in a room Hill identified as his office, meth, heroin, U.S. Army body armor and a smoke canister, court records show.
“Hill said the heroin was for his personal use and that a friend had given him the pistol a week earlier for target practice,” deputy prosecutor William Hurney wrote in charging documents.
In Hayes’ bedroom, police found two scales, a money counter and an iPhone, court records state.
At Hayes’ 2009 sentencing hearing, his attorney at the time, Clayton Longacre, argued that his client “is a man who has a future if he can stay off drugs.”
Seems from the latest evidence that that didn’t happen.