Lakewood career criminal sentenced to 20 years in prison

A Lakewood man dubbed a career criminal by federal prosecutors was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Eric Quinn Franklin, 49, was convicted in September 2013 of three counts of distribution of crack cocaine, one count of possessing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal Judge Benjamin H. Settle ruled Franklin is a career criminal, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Franklin was arrested in May 2011 at his Lakewood apartment after selling drugs to an informant for law enforcement. The arrest was part of a crackdown on gang activity in Pierce County.

Officers found a safe in Franklin’s bedroom that held cocaine, oxycodone, cash and two semi-automatic pistols.

Franklin has four prior drug convictions.