News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Repeat Drug Offender Sentenced to 20 Years

SEP 10 -- (Seattle) –– DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark C. Thomas and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that on September 4, 2009, Andres-Hernandez-Vargas, a/k/a Jorge Barrajas-Sandoval, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. On May 29, 2009, Hernandez-Vargas was found guilty following a three-day trial. The jury deliberated for four hours before finding Hernandez-Vargas guilty.

In October 2008, Hernandez-Vargas traveled from Seattle, Washington to Sacramento, California, in approximately twelve hours, and then immediately returned to Washington. While traveling on I-5, Hernandez-Vargas was stopped for a traffic violation and was arrested. Later, a drug detecting K-9 alerted to the trunk of the vehicle and officers recovered a pound of methamphetamine hidden in a compartment below the windshield wipers. The methamphetamine seized was 99% pure.

Hernandez-Vargas has three previous drug trafficking convictions in King County Superior Court: Possession of Heroin (1997), Delivery of Heroin (1989), and Delivery of Cocaine (1988).

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the King County Sheriff’s Office.