Man gets 30 months in prison for selling pot to 'parade of kids'

SEATTLE -- A 51-year-old Seattle resident was sentenced to 30 months in prison Monday for selling marijuana to what a judge characterized as a "parade of kids" coming to his home from nearby schools.

Law enforcement first started investigating Alejandro Castillo last March when the parent of a local middle-schooler told police students were buying pot from Castillo's home a block from Ballard High School.

Over the next several weeks, law enforcement conducted surveillance on Castillo's home and completed a number of undercover purchases while disguised as minors. During one three-hour period, 18 teens came and went from the backdoor of Castillo's house, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"This defendant was selling to minors as young as 13 and had previously demonstrated his willingness to use guns to protect his drug business," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a press release. "The mix of drugs and guns is dangerous for the whole community, including kids who could show up at the door during a drug-related robbery."

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Castillo had exchanged gunfire with a group of would-be robbers at his home on at least one occasion. In addition to 1,200 grams of marijuana, a search warrant served at his house last April turned up nearly a dozen guns.

Castillo, who claimed he only sold drugs because he was behind on his bills, pleaded guilty in December.

In addition to 30 months in prison, Castillo was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.