News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Honduran National Sentenced to a Decade in Prison for
Crack Cocaine Distribution

JAN 12 -- (Seattle) –– DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jenny Durkan announced today that Hector Castellanos-Cerrato was sentenced to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for the crimes of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

On April 30, 2009, Castellanos-Cerrato and his co- defendant Leiva-Gamoneda were arrested in Castellanos-Cerrato’s apartment located in the 6700 block of 24 th Avenue Northwest. The men were arrested as they counted cash at a table in the apartment. Law enforcement recovered from the apartment thousands of dollars and more than two kilograms of crack cocaine. As part of his sentencing, Castellanos-Cerrato forfeited $5796 to the United States.

Castellanos-Cerrato,33, was charged in King County, Washington in 2007, for drug distribution, but fled to Honduras to avoid prosecution. He returned illegally to the U.S. and resumed drug trafficking. He likely will be deported following his prison term.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seattle Police Department.