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Spokane Valley man with 12 pounds of meth sentenced to 10 years

TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014, 1:59 P.M.

Todd Anthony Sawyer Jr., 28, was arrested in March

A Spokane Valley man will spend the next 10 years in federal prison after more than 12 pounds of pure methamphetamine was discovered in his apartment last spring.

A federal judge handed down the sentence to Todd Anthony Sawyer Jr. last week, about five months after the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent to distribute. He was first arrested in March after a Washington State Patrol drug detection dog found 202 ounces of meth in a duffel bag under Sawyer’s bed.

Sentencing was delayed by the federal government shutdown that took place last fall, according to court records.

Sawyer’s apartment was searched after Washington state Department of Corrections officials were tipped the convicted felon was dealing drugs, according to an FBI news release.

In sentencing documents, Sawyer admitted to past drug problems that began when he was a juvenile. He served a six-month sentence for possessing meth about 10 years ago, according to court documents.

U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby praised the collaborative effort between local, state and federal law enforcement in bringing the case against Sawyer.

“Federal and local law enforcement officers in the Eastern District of Washington continue to work together to root out the scourge of drug trafficking in this district,” Ormsby said in a statement announcing the sentencing.

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