GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Willie Earl Hector, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses after pleading guilty to the charges in Oct. 2018.
The Western District of Michigan U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentence on Tuesday.
Hector pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. The 33-year-old Muskegon Heights man came to the attention of police in 2017 when a surveillance camera showed Hector walking around his house with an AK-47 style rifle.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Hector is prohibited from having guns because of his nine prior felony convictions plus a domestic violence conviction.
In Oct. 2017, the ATF executed a search warrant at Hector's house and agents found two rifles, ammunition, 19.425 grams of fentanyl, and other drugs and paraphernalia. A lethal does of fentanyl is generally believed to be about 2 milligrams, so 19 grams has enough lethal doses to kill about 10,000 people.
“Drug trafficking and firearm offenses will be not be tolerated," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge. "My office and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners will actively prosecute these cases to help make the Muskegon area a safer place.”
In addition to the 10 year sentence in federal prison, Hector will also have a 3-year term of supervised release.
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