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Two Moses Lake Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

MARCH 21 (SPOKANE, Wash.) ––Isidro Madrigal-Galvan, 20, and Renee Gomez, 24, both of Moses Lake, Washington, were sentenced on March 20, 2013, after being convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other offenses relating to the operation of a methamphetamine trafficking organization.

Madrigal-Galvan was sentenced to more than a 19 year term of imprisonment, to be followed by eight years of court supervision upon release from Federal prison. Madrigal-Galvan is not a United States citizen and upon his release he faces deportation to Mexico as a result of convictions in this case.  Madrigal-Galvin is prohibited from returning to the United States.  Gomez was sentenced to a 10 year term of imprisonment, to be followed by six years of court supervision upon release from Federal prison.

In April 2012, Madrigal-Galvan and Gomez were charged by way of a multi-count indictment with offenses relating to the distribution and possession of methamphetamine, including the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on premises in which an individual under the age of 18 was present or resided, maintaining a drug involved premises within 1,000 feet of a school, and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Following a trial, on October 10, 2012, the jury returned guilty verdicts against Madrigal-Galvan and Gomez on multiple counts.

At the sentencing hearing, the court noted a number of factors considered “aggravating” under federal sentencing guidelines, including that the drug trafficking conspiracy involved premises that bordered a primary grade school. It was also noted that by federal statute the sentence for using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime must be served consecutive to the sentence imposed for any of the other crimes. These factors, in combination with others, resulted in Madrigal-Galvan’s sentence of more than 19 years. With respect to Gomez, the court found that her role in the offenses was relatively minor by comparison to other participants, noting that in February, 2013, a third member of the conspiracy, Martin Murillo-Barriga, was sentenced to over 16 ½ years. Based on
the totality of the circumstances the court sentenced Gomez to a 10 year term of imprisonment, which was the minimum allowed by statute.

The investigation of this case, which was related to a larger investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration that led to the service of several search warrants and the arrest of numerous individuals, was conducted by the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration,  Moses Lake Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Marshals Service.

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