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Puyallup bar owner admits selling meth, heroin, cocaine

September 7, 2019

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The owner of a Puyallup bar has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he sold drugs from the establishment.

John Choe ran Johnny’s Bar and Grill. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for western Washington says that early this year he sold cocaine four times to a police informant. He also admitted selling meth, heroin and other drugs. The state suspended the bar’s liquor license in June.

Choe pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The crime can carry a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, but prosecutors have agreed to apply a “safety valve” provision in federal law that allows for lesser sentences for nonviolent drug offenders with little or no criminal history.

Judge Benjamin H. Settle scheduled sentencing for Dec. 16.

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