Tacoma men facing years in prison on drug, illegal gun charges

TACOMA, Wash. — Two Tacoma men could face long prison sentences after pleading guilty this week in U.S. District Court to drug distribution charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences.

According to the plea agreements, Tyson Lloyd, 32, supervised 24-year-old Cole Hornbeck as a dealer in his drug-trafficking ring.

In April 2020, the men sold methamphetamine to a police informant. One sale happened in a Target store parking lot and another in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Eventually, Lloyd, Hornbeck and the drug supplier were arrested during a deal for a large amount of methamphetamine in Auburn.

When police searched the home Lloyd and Hornbeck shared, investigators found and confiscated methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax and steroids that the men planned to sell, court documents said. Officers also found a shotgun and a stolen .45-caliber handgun.

In addition to drug distribution charges, Lloyd pleaded guilty to possessing firearms as a felon. He has several felonies in Washington for crimes such as burglary, car theft and identity theft.

Hornbeck pleaded guilty to possessing firearms as an unlawful user of controlled substances.

The firearm offenses carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison.

Lloyd faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison.

Hornbeck faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and up to 40 years in prison.

Lloyd and Hornbeck have been at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac since their arrests on April 29, 2020.

Sentencing by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle is scheduled for August 30.