Puyallup, Washington, man, Jeremy Gongas pleads guilty to trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine
Continued to deal even after contact with law enforcement
Tacoma (STL.News) A 34-year-old resident of Puyallup, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Defendant Jeremy Gongas faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on September 13, 2021.
According to the plea agreement, on June 23 and 24, 2020, Gongas sold heroin to a person who was working with law enforcement. Gongas was arrested in July 2020, and a law enforcement search of his residence turned up dealer-sized quantities of heroin, fentanyl pills, and methamphetamine, plus more than $24,000 cash. Less than a month later, investigators observed Gongas meeting with another suspected drug trafficker who was under law enforcement surveillance.
On August 20, 2020, Gongas and the suspected trafficker met at a convenience store in Des Moines, Washington. Law enforcement stopped Gongas as he drove away from the meeting. A drug-sniffing dog soon found heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills near Gongas’s stopped car.