Prosecutors say George Elliott Chavis, 53, acquired weapons for a gun-smuggling ring with ties to a drug cartel.
Chavis used his prior military experience and training to select guns for the group. Prosecutors say that his daughter Micalia Valenzuela introduced him to the drug traffickers. She was sentenced last month to five years in prison for her part in the gun smuggling.
Nearly three dozen people have been indicted in connection with the case. Investigators seized more than 20 pounds of heroin, more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, $400,000 in cash, body armor and 18 guns, including at least 10 assault-style rifles. The guns were intended to be smuggled to Mexico and into the hands of a drug cartel, authorities said.
Snohomish police and the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force assisted federal authorities with the investigation.
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