Man Who Held ATF Undercover Agent and Confidential Informant at Gunpoint Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

A confidential informant working for ATF on the Friday afternoon of Oct. 20 came into contact with Haret at a 7-Eleven store in SeaTac. Haret reportedly told the informant that he had firearms he was looking to sell, according to court documents. Haret said he had stolen the guns from a police officer’s residence and showed a pistol to the informant.

The informant took a photo of the gun with his smartphone and after parting ways with Haret electronically sent a copy of the photo to his ATF handlers. The confidential informant works for the ATF in exchange for money and has a criminal conviction for unlawful transport of a firearm in 2008.

ATF agents told the informant to contact Haret and arrange to purchase the firearms. The two talked by phone and agreed to meet later that afternoon in the parking lot at Lowe’s home improvement store, 24050 Pacific Highway S.

The undercover ATF agent accompanied the informant to the parking lot. At about 4:53 p.m., Haret arrived in a grey Dodge Charger with Abdullah driving and Haret in the front passenger seat. The agent and informant walked over to the Charger and entered the back seats.

One of two men who attempted to rob a federal agent working on an illegal firearms investigation, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 14 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  ABDIRASHID HARET, 20, of Des Moines, Washington, pleaded guilty in December 2018, to assault on a federal officer and person assisting a federal officer, using a firearm in a crime of violence and robbery of funds belonging to the United States.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart noted the defendant had a “fascination with guns,” that created “a situation that is dangerous to yourself, the people you are with, and the community.”

“This defendant illegally carried and trafficked firearms, bringing violence to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  “He was a convicted felon – arrested for assault and carrying a stolen gun – who returned to crime within months of his juvenile conviction.  He threatened an undercover law enforcement agent – the very person we trust to do the dangerous work needed to keep us safe. This long prison sentence is warranted to protect our community.”

According to the facts in the plea agreement, HARET and co-defendant Omar Abdullah, 23, of Seattle, Washington, had made arrangements to sell two firearms to a man who, unknown to them, was a confidential informant (CI) working with ATF.  The CI and an undercover ATF agent met with HARET and Abdullah in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Kent Lowe’s store.  After the agent and CI got in the car, HARET and Abdullah used the two loaded firearms they brought to the meeting to rob the undercover agent and the CI.  The undercover agent told HARET and Abdullah he would get additional money out of his car.  HARET followed the agent out of the car, still armed with a firearm.  The undercover agent was able to pull his own gun and fired at Abdullah who still held the CI at gunpoint in the car.  HARET dropped his gun and attempted to flee.  He was struck and injured running across Pacific Highway.  Both Abdullah and HARET were taken to medical facilities.  Abdullah continues to get specialized treatment for his gunshot wounds.

Haret fled on foot, running toward Pacific Highway South with a gun in his hand. He threw the gun to the ground just prior to reaching the highway, where he was hit by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Paramedics transported him to Valley Medical Center in Renton. Police booked him later that night in the King County jail for investigation of robbery, vehicle theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both men could face additional charges after a grand jury considers the case and what happened inside the car, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Haret reportedly admitted to agents after the incident that he and Abdullah had discussed robbing money from the men rather than selling them guns. He also admitted to brandishing his gun after the two men entered the Charger.

Agents recovered two guns, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that was found by police at the crime scene that Haret reportedly tossed away. Agents also found a Masterpiece Arms 9mm semiautomatic pistol on the front passenger side floorboard of the Charger, after police received a search warrant to search the car. Both of the firearms were manufactured outside the state of Washington and therefore traveled in interstate commerce. Federal law bans gun sales between people from two different states who are not Federal Firearm Licensees.

In addition to violation of interstate gun laws, Abdullah has a 2015 conviction in King County for second-degree robbery, according to court documents. Haret has convictions in the last year for second-degree assault and third-degree assault in King County. People convicted of felonies cannot own a gun in Washington state.

But what can you do to stop snitches?  Here’s a list of snitches with pictures and locations. Also read:  Control of Information  so you can stop snitching on yourself. Also:  How to find out who’s a snitch  and  10 Ways to Spot an Informant  and  How the cops are tracking you and  No Warrant No Problem  and  Criminal defenses (How to beat your court case) And to inspire you:  7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes, How I Lost my friends

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