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Motel manager pleads guilty to drug crime | U.S. District Court
A Burien man entered a guilty plea today in the case involving the seizure of three Tukwila, Washington motels that were operated as havens for drug dealing and sex crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
LAKHVIR PAWAR, 41, was the manager of the Boulevard Motel on International Boulevard in Tukwila. In his plea agreement, PAWAR admits to profiting from drug sales at the motel.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, PAWAR will forfeit his interest in the motel and in about $90,000 seized in August 2013 when the motel and two others were seized and shut down by federal authorities. Under the terms of the agreement, if any of PAWAR’s relatives challenge the forfeiture, prosecutors can withdraw from the plea agreement. Prosecutors will recommend a prison term of not more than a year and a day in prison, and will recommend that PAWAR be barred from owning or managing motels and from working at any motel owned or managed by his family during three years of supervised release. Judge John C. Coughenour is not bound by the recommendation and can impose up to the 20 year maximum when PAWAR is sentenced before the court on February 28, 2014.