Kent man sentenced to 8 years in prison for drugs, weapons charges

A Kent man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison on drug and weapons charges.

Melquiades Garcia Gonzalez, 29 and originally from Mexico, pleaded not guilty in November to being an alien in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones told Garcia Gonzalez he “was controlling the lives of countless other people by providing the drug for their addiction,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Garcia Gonzalez was arrested in May after trying to deliver three kilos of heroin to undercover officers in a Kent parking lot.

Law enforcement began investigating him in April and used undercover officers to set up deals.

On the day of Garcia Gonzalez’s arrest, records show he nearly hit pedestrians and vehicles as he sped through the parking lot. He ran from officers and tossed a loaded pistol in the bushes as he tried to escape.

Three kilos of heroin were found in his car and a fourth kilo of heroin and a loaded gun were discovered at his house.