A former King County sheriff’s deputy made his first appearance in federal court today after being indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
Mitchell Wright, 33, of Bothell, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a hearing before U.S Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida, according to court documents. The federal indictment alleges that Wright distributed methamphetamine in King and Snohomish counties between October 2013 and February 2014.
He was arrested on the federal charges Tuesday, and Tsuchida ordered he be held pending a Feb. 20 detention hearing.
Wright will be prosecuted by an assistant U.S. Attorney from Oregon. A news release from that office says he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years for the distribution counts and a mandatory five years if convicted of conspiracy.
Wright was initially arrested by state officials on Aug. 19 for allegedly stealing drugs seized during undercover investigations while he was assigned to a federal narcotics task force. The state charges are separate from the federal charges.