News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Lakewood Meth Dealer Sentenced to 18 Years
Minor children inside the home tested positive for Methamphetamine

FEB 24 -- (Seattle) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that Tomas Zea Reyes, 40, of Lakewood, Washington was sentenced today in U.S District Court to 18 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to records filed in the case, Reyes and his wife, Antonia Cazares, operated their methamphetamine trafficking business out of a grocery store in Lakewood. Reyes and Cazares cut, stored, and packaged methamphetamine in the store. Reyes and Cazares were arrested on December 29, 2005, after law enforcement executed search warrants at the store and their home. From safes in the back of the store, law enforcement seized over 14 pounds of pure methamphetamine, $150,000 in cash, and jewelry. From inside the home, law enforcement seized three loaded pistols, a bulletproof vest, over $7,000 in cash, drugs and packaging materials. One of the loaded pistols was found underneath a couch cushion in the living room.

At the time of the arrests, the couple had three children, ages 13, 12, and 2. Child Protective Services took custody of the children and ran toxicology tests, which showed that all three children had methamphetamine in their systems.

In sentencing Reyes to 18 years – almost twice the ten year statutory minimum sentence – U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess emphasized the large amount of drugs, the presence of the firearms, and the danger to the children. Reyes has a prior state conviction for drug trafficking and was previously sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lakewood Police Department.