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Traffic stop leads to lengthy prison sentence for repeat offender

Found guilty of a slew of drug and weapon crimes by a federal jury, repeat offender Glen Earl Sims of Bremerton was recently sentenced to eight years in prison and five years of probation.

Stemming from a July 2004 traffic stop by Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies on SR 303 near Rocket Golf, the 35-year-old was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm, ammunition and a bulletproof vest after being convicted of a felony offense; and possessing the gun in furtherance of drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington.

Sims was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car when it was stopped by deputies. Driving with no tail lights and speeding, the driver, also a convicted felon, was found to have a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for arrest, according to Sheriff’s reports.

Deputies noticed that Sims matched the description of a person wanted in an assault in Navy Yard City which occurred three days earlier.

Asked if he had any weapons on him, he told deputies of the two knives on him. Proceeding to search the vehicle, a deputy spotted a semi-automatic pistol under Sims’ seat.

“I removed the pistol from under the seat,” stated the deputy in his report. “The hammer of the gun was back as if it were ready to be fired.”

The pistol’s magazine was loaded.

Also found in the vehicle, in a bag sitting next to Sims, were several items including 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition, four stainless steel throwing stars and a Brinks safe. Later receiving a search warrant and opening the box, deputies found a small amount of cocaine, more than two grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and empty baggies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sims also was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest. When asked what it was for he told the deputy he was having problems with “Guams” (Guamanians), according to reports.

Having previous felony convictions from King County Superior Court for second-degree assault, delivery of cocaine and possession of cocaine as well as a prior felony conviction from U.S. District Court for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Sims was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, implemented in 2001.

“(The program) targets gun crimes and targets repeat felons who are armed,” said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington. “It brings them into the federal system with increased sentences.”

Sims’ 8-year federal prison sentence was handed down late last month in Tacoma District Court.

“It would have been less time in state court,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Gruber who worked with Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Claire Bradley of the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office in prosecuting Sims.

In their recommendation to the court, Gruber and Bradley stated that Sims’ “life of crime — much of it violent in nature — surely justifies, if not demands (a lengthy sentence).”

Sims is currently awaiting transfer to a federal prison.

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