SEATTLE — An Arlington man who once escaped a Texas lockup and testified against a former Hells Angel during a murder trial was sentenced on Friday to a decade in federal prison for peddling heroin from a dog-boarding business.
Shawn Lundy, 61, was arrested last year after Arlington Doggy Day Care was raided and federal agents seized about two pounds of heroin, a half pound of methamphetamine and “sizeable amounts of cash.”
Agents reported that the drugs were concealed in a kennel. They also found cash buried under a dog house, and a secret compartment held counterfeit $20 bills, court papers said.
A confidential informant had told cops that David Funk, aka “Super Dave,” was selling heroin for Lundy. Funk lived in a trailer on the property in the 9900 block of Highway 530. Police say they used the informant to buy about $40 worth of heroin from Funk and launch their investigation.
Funk pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court to three years in prison, according court papers.
Several other people, including a handful of men suspected of supplying Lundy with heroin, also have been sentenced for their parts in the drug ring.
Lundy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.
His defense attorney asked for leniency, citing his client’s advanced age and poor health. Lundy planned to leave Snohomish County and live with his daughter in another state, the attorney wrote in court papers. He also wanted to resurrect the family’s tradition of running a restaurant.
Lundy is no stranger to prison. He was busted in 2000 for money laundering and growing marijuana in Arlington. He was sentenced to a decade in federal prison. Lundy was serving his sentence in Texas when he escaped in 2007. He was arrested about a week later in Arlington.
Lundy was in the federal detention center in SeaTac when he got to know Rodney Rollness, a former Hells Angel. Rollness was awaiting trial for the 2001 murder of Michael “Santa” Walsh.
Lundy testified during the 10-week trial, telling jurors that Rollness confessed to killing Walsh. Lundy admitted during the trial that he’d been in the drug business since 1984, selling marijuana and cocaine.
Records show he was indicted in 1990 in Connecticut for trafficking pounds of cocaine. That’s when he started working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was a confidential informant across the country for a year and a half, court papers said. He cooperated with the federal prosecution of more than a dozen people, sparing himself decades behind bars.
Lundy was arrested in 2000 after being caught with about 1,000 marijuana plants. Once again, Lundy cooperated with investigators and a potential 20-year prison sentence was reduced to a decade. Lundy’s testimony in 2007 helped secure a conviction for Rollness. He was spared additional time for breaking out of the Texas prison. The federal Bureau of Prisons showed he was released in 2011. Three years later he was back behind bars.