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Published on May 29, 2024
Last of Fentanyl Trafficking Pair Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison in TacomaSource: Unsplash/Tingey Injury Law Firm

The final member of a deadly drug duo, accused of trafficking fentanyl and other narcotics, has been handed a ten-year federal prison sentence. Dustin Carl Wurges, age 37, received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, for his role in a large-scale fentanyl distribution operation, as detailed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Arrested on November 8, 2021, with a significant haul of drugs, firearms, and body armor, Wurges — together with his counterpart, Jonathan Mayhall — got caught red-handed with more than four kilograms of the powerful synthetic opioid, swept up by law enforcement at a Thurston County rest area in Washington. Unlike the synthetic opioid itself, the justice system showed no mercy, with Wurges's accomplice, Mayhall, similarly sentenced to a decade behind bars this past March. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, "Fentanyl has become a plague in this community and across the country...

The bust was sizable, revealing an arsenal suitable for a small militia: aside from the deadly fentanyl, nearly two kilograms of cocaine, over one kilogram of heroin, and two and a half kilograms of methamphetamine were found, alongside two firearms, three ballistic vests, and more than $87,000 in cash, as per the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington. As found riding in the vehicle, a female co-conspirator's purse also concealed an additional pistol.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle, handing down the sentence, underscored the gravity of Wurges’s crimes, announcing it from the bench: "This is a very serious crime because of the wake of damage it leaves behind." Wurges had pled guilty in the case back in October 2023. Following his incarceration, he'll be placed under a five-year supervised release.