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July 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Feds allege accused Seattle pimp is armed career criminal

Federal attorneys in Seattle have added an armed career criminal enhancement to their indictment of Jamaal “JJ” Bomber, a 29-year-old charged in federal and state court with pimping and drug-dealing following his arrest last month.

Bomber, whose criminal history includes three prior drug convictions, was arrested at a Tukwila motel on June 14 on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover agents on three separate occassions, court records show. He was also charged in King County Superior Court with promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor, accused of pimping out a 16-year-old Tukwila girl, according to charging documents.

Following his arrest, police served a search warrant on his car and found a loaded shotgun in the trunk, along with cocaine, heroin and evidence linking him to a number of prostitution ads posted on Backpage.com, a Tukwila police sergeant said at the time. As a felon, Bomber was barred from possessing a firearm.

Bomber was ordered held at the federal detention center in SeaTac by a U.S. Magistrate judge, who cited Bomber’s history of failure to appear in court and failure to comply with supervision; his lengthy criminal history, which includes multiple assaults; his history of escape; his “significant involvement” in human trafficking, including the trafficking of minors; and the strength of the evidence against him as reasons for keeping Bomber in custody, according to court records.

His prior drug convictions and the discovery of the shotgun in his car led federal attorneys to charge Bomber with unlawful possession of a firearm and add the armed career criminal enhancement on July 10, according to court records. If convicted, Bomber would be required to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

While it is expected that Bomber will face charges in federal court before facing the pimping charge in Superior Court, those details are still being worked out between federal prosecutors and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to officials.

 

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