He is the kind of dealer whom communities fear, pushing large quantities of drugs onto the streets, ignoring the damage, Superior Court Judge George Bowden added. Waterman, 25, either needs to figure out how to walk a straight path or he'll be in and out of prison for the rest of his life, the judge said.
Bowden sentenced Waterman on Thursday to nearly 10 years in prison for a drug trafficking charge. That's about 10 months shy of the maximum sentence allowed by law.
Waterman was accused of peddling more than two pounds of heroin a week out of a two Everett apartments on Dorn Avenue. He had been out of prison for only a few months before he was snared in an investigation into heroin trafficking in Snohomish County.
Waterman spent his early 20s locked behind bars for nearly killing an Everett police officer and her canine partner in a crash in 2007. At 19 and high on methamphetamine, Waterman was behind the wheel of a stolen Jeep Cherokee and fleeing from the scene of a burglary when he crashed into Everett police officer Suzanne Eviston's patrol car.
The car burst into flames and Eviston and her canine partner Axle were trapped inside. Firefighters had to peel the roof off the car to rescue them both.
Waterman was sentenced to seven years in prison. He behaved himself and was out after five.
In just a few short months, he became a high-level heroin dealer, making tens of thousands of dollars from the highly addictive drug, cops said. He stored large amounts of heroin in his apartment and sold out of a smaller apartment being rented to a woman who was then enrolled in the county's drug court. She has since been booted from the program.
Cops raided the apartments in August. They found $50,000 in two safes and 11 ounces of heroin. The man's girlfriend reportedly had tried to flush the drugs but the toilet had clogged. Officers found Waterman lying on a bed.
He told police he might cooperate, but he wanted to wait until he knew what they could do for him, court papers said.
Everett defense attorney Mark Mestel said Waterman is smart and has the potential to be a productive citizen. He lacks impulse control, the lawyer said.
Waterman apologized for an outburst he had last week in front of the judge.
"You have most of your life ahead of you," Bowden said. "You have plenty of time to turn your life around, but nobody can do that for you."
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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