first_imgA Vancouver cocaine dealer who prosecutors said stored his drugs in his 3-year-old daughter’s bedroom was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years and eight months in federal prison.Curtiss Lee Deskins, 37, pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm.In handing down his sentence in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Judge Robert Bryan called Deskins a career offender. The defendant has 13 prior felony convictions, including seven for drug trafficking, two for unlawful possession of a firearm and four for assaults, including one 1994 event in which he shot his girlfriend in the stomach. She lived and he was convicted of second-degree assault.Deskins’ sentence also includes five years of supervised release.Deskins was arrested March 6, 2009, in Oregon after being caught selling crack to an undercover officer, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. That same day, officers searched Deskins’ Vancouver home and found crack cocaine in his daughter’s bedroom. Officers with the FBI, Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office also found a loaded Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol and a loaded .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle in his bedroom, prosecutors said. “Deskins sold crack and used the home he shared with his wife and three young children as the headquarters of his criminal operations,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Dion said in a statement. “In short, in 2009, Curtiss Deskins was armed and ready to kill.”Deskins was also prosecuted in Oregon in connection with the cocaine deal and received a 10-year sentence there. It will run concurrently with his 200-month sentence, according to the press release.last_img

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