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Drug dealer gets 144 months

 


On July 7, after a two day trial, a Klickitat County jury found Tipasa L. Uiliata guilty of Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.

The trial testimony showed that the defendant moved into a residence in Dallesport in early March of 2016, after having been convicted and jailed in Oregon for felony drug and weapons charges, and began dealing methamphetamine and heroin, drawing the immediate attention of law enforcement. Because of the coordinated work of the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Mid-Columbia Narcotics Task Force (“MINT”), probable cause was quickly formed for the execution of search warrants on the residence and the arrest of Uiliata. He was found to be in possession of large quantities of controlled substances as well as several firearms. On July 14, pro tem Judge Randall Krog sentenced the defendant to 144 months in prison.

“I want to thank the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department, the MINT team and DPA David Wall for their hard work in holding this drug dealer accountable” said Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney David R. Quesnel. “I believe this case demonstrates the resolve of the entire Klickitat County law enforcement community to vigorously investigate, prosecute and punish drug dealers and hopefully should send a clear message to anyone thinking of coming to Klickitat County to engage in drug trafficking.”

 

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