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#147747 - 01/18/03 10:48 AM Seattle Men Sentenced For Manufacturing and Distributing Illegal Fireworks
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Five Seattle Men Sentenced For Manufacturing and Distributing Illegal Fireworks
SEATTLE, WASH. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) announced that five men from the Seattle area have received prison sentences for charges arising from the illegal manufacture and sale of fireworks in the Northwest.

Today, Chief Judge John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington sentenced Victor A. Dell, 47, of Bremerton, Wash., to 4 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for manufacturing and distributing illegal fireworks and for manufacturing explosives without a license in violation of federal explosives laws.

"The prison sentence handed down against Victor Dell is the longest ever given to an individual investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "CPSC is steadfast in our commitment to enforce federal safety laws and detect and prevent the sale of unsafe products that can kill or maim consumers."

"This is a clear example of a win for both law enforcement and the public," said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Horace. "These investigations have had an indelible impact on the manufacture, possession and sale of these devices in this region, and more importantly, injuries sustained to citizens as the result of their use. This is also a tremendous example of law enforcement partnerships at every level in support of what we all work for - a safer America. ATF values its partnerships both with the CPSC and the Office of the United States Attorney."

CPSC Chairman Stratton added, "We hope that when people see that the CPSC and the ATF are serious about enforcing these laws, they will think twice about committing the crimes."
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