Trafficker receives prison in sting

David Wright

David Wright

A 56-year-old Californian was sentenced to 6-15 years in prison last week for trafficking in connection with a July 7, 2022, drug sting.

“I’ve done this for 40 years,” said David Henry Wright at his Feb. 14 sentencing. “It’s time to stop.”

Attorney Christopher Day said Wright was remorseful and that given his client’s criminal history, the resolution was fair.

“He wants this to be the last go-around,” Day said. Wright was given credit for 223 days time served since his arrest. The maximum sentence in the case was up to 20 years and a $100,000 fine.

Wright and co-defendant Sung Soo Lee, 56, were arrested July 7, 2022, after a drug sting conducted at the Grant Avenue Walmart.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Street Enforcement Team set up a purchase with Wright, who delivered a pound of methamphetamine. Another 2.9 ounces of meth was seized.

Lee, 57, was sentenced to 2-5 years in January on a single count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act in connection with the case.

• An Iraq War veteran received a suspended 19-48-month prison sentence after his probation for conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled substances Act was revoked.

Mason Lee Dailey, 37, needs treatment “like a drowning man needs a life preserver,” attorney Nadine Morton said. “He’s had some real epic fails in veterans court.”

Dailey was given probation for his conviction for selling 16 packets of suboxine in a drug sting.

He was arrested on Dec. 8, 2022, for possession of a controlled substance where there was fentanyl within arm’s reach of his 4-year-old child, prosecutor Chelsea Mazza said.

“I don’t doubt that he served this country honorably,” Mazza said. “However, his actions here are not honorable as he commits crimes while on probation.”

Dailey admitted he “shot himself in the foot.”

As a condition of his probation, Dailey must spend six months in jail.


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