Felon sentenced to 5 years on gun, drug charges

SEATTLE — A Snohomish felon accused of selling guns and drugs to undercover cops was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison.

Patrick Kelly Ankrom, 48, was caught up in a police sting dubbed “Operation Oliver Twist.” Seattle police, FBI and ATF set up a storefront fencing operation and bought drugs and stolen property, including guns.

Ankrom was indicted in February 2012 and pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and illegal gun possession. In 2011, he fenced two handguns and a rifle, all stolen during burglaries. He also repeatedly sold oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, to undercover cops.

As part of the operation, detectives purchased more than 900 stolen items, including vehicles, computers, passports and credit cards. They also seized 27 stolen guns. One purchase netted them military-grade explosives from a convicted felon, according to Seattle police.

Ankrom also is serving a 17-month sentence for a conviction out of Snohomish County.

More in Local News

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has asked for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-run cases in the state.

Everett man killed at bar had criminal history, gang ties

A bar employee reportedly shot Matalepuna Malu, 29, whose street name was “June Bug.”

Front Porch

EVENTS Autoharpist in Everett Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller returns… Continue reading

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Most Read