Final Members of Port Angeles Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Prison
The final three defendants in an Olympic Peninsula drug distribution ring were sentenced to prison today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Port Angeles and Sequim, Washington, announced Acting United States Attorney Annette L. Hayes. The group’s criminal activity centered around the ‘Sellin Style’ car dealership near Sequim. The former owner of the dealership, Timothy P. Smith, was sentenced earlier this month to 11 years in prison. Today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, HOLLI A. BELL, 35, of Port Angeles was sentenced to five years in prison for her involvement in two different criminal schemes involving distribution of methamphetamine. At the sentencing hearing today U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan noted that the amount of drugs distributed in this case was so large that long prison terms were needed to protect the public and deter other criminal conduct.
Two other co-conspirators were sentenced this week by Judge Bryan. JACOB E. DAVIS, 26, of Port Angeles, was sentenced today to three years in prison for his role as a methamphetamine distributor. And yesterday, Judge Bryan sentenced CHARLES D. ASLIN, 40, of Sequim, to five and a half years in prison for his methamphetamine distribution.
Law enforcement moved in to arrest members of the drug distribution ring in February 2014. Lead defendant Timothy Smith was arrested following a high speed chase. During that same time period, law enforcement targeted and arrested a second drug ring in the Tacoma area that was supplying methamphetamine to Smith’s organization.
The case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, and Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET), a task force containing officers from Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Angeles Police Department, Sequim Police Department, Neah Bay Department of Public Safety, Elwha Klallam Police, LaPush Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, Washington State Patrol and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNet). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber. Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.