3 sent to prison for selling deadly dose of heroin to young tribal member
SEATTLE - Two men and a woman who were involved in the delivery of a fatal dose of heroin to a young member of the Quileute Tribe were each sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, says U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.
Hugh Brown, 60 and Edward Foster, 56, were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Casey Marie Ward, 28, was sentenced on June 5.
The three of them sold heroin to 28-year-old Felisha Jackson in September 2015. Moments after that sale, Jackson was found unresponsive by her 9-year-old daughter. Paramedics tried to save Jackson, but she died a few days later at a hospital.
Social media records reveal that Ward had reached out to Jackson and asked if she knew anyone interested in buying drugs. Foster obtained the heroin the three were selling, and Brown provided the transportation, driving them onto Quileute tribal land, according to court records.
At Monday's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle told the defendents, "If you’re going to be involved in the distribution of this drug, you can expect lives will be lost. ... You can expect to go to prison.”
Hayes said cases involving small amounts of heroin are not routinely charged in federal court. But in appropriate cases where dealing on tribal lands leads to death, she said, "We are committed to seeking just punishment."
According to records filed in the case, Felisha Jackson had struggled to stay clean for her three small children. But another drug user said the heroin sold by Ward, Brown, and Foster was especially potent. After Jackson’s daughter found her mother unresponsive, she got her grandfather, and he called 911 and performed CPR in an ultimately futile effort to save his daughter.
Members of the Quileute Tribal Council attended the sentencing hearings. In a written statement to the court, the tribe said it is committed to stemming the tide of substance abuse is several ways, including chemical dependency treatment and several initiatives to promote wellness and prevent addiction.