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Federal sentencing of former Kitsap cop delayed

Roy Alloway, the former drug detective targeted in a federal gun selling probe, won’t be sentenced in federal court just yet. 

Alloway, a longtime Bremerton police officer, pleaded guilty in October to unlawful dealing in firearms and filing a false income tax return (both felonies) in  U.S. District Court.

He was to be sentenced Jan. 20 but the case has been delayed, according to Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. He’s now set for sentencing Feb. 23.

The South Kitsap resident, 56, worked inside both the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement team and the Bremerton Police’s Special Operations Group. He was especially well known for his marijuana enforcement efforts.

He ran into trouble, the feds say, purchasing nearly 400 guns from three different federally licensed firearms dealers between January 2005 and November 2010. He sold pistols to undercover ATF agents at gun shows without the proper licenses. Federal prosecutors believe he did so to make a profit.

I’ll keep you posted on the case.

Bremerton Detective Alloway on Drug Informants

Alloway hunting Impala in Africa in April.

There were no “confidential informants,” when Roy Alloway became a drug detective. The job was to “jump in there and buy drugs from people,” he said.

Alloway, who retired this past month — and whose strand of pot is featured on the cover of the Seattle Weekly — described the underground drug world as “just a bunch of circles,” when I interviewed him. “You just try and get one of the people in the circle to flip.”

From there, it’s a matter of working up the chain. “You take down the highest level (the informants) deal with,” he said. “One arrest becomes three and three become nine.”

Drug detectives often equate working with informants as a kind of baby-sitting.

“They’re not boy scouts,” Alloway said. “They’ll steal from you, take the drugs you¹re trying to buy, even perform sexual favors to pocket the money.”