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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JANUARY 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR

ILLEGAL REENTRY, COCAINE


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally reentering the United States and for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Taney County, Mo.


             Rafael Rosales-Martinez, 54, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to 14 years and two months federal prison without parole.


             On Sept. 20, 2006, Rosales-Martinez pleaded guilty to unlawful presence in the United States by an aggravated felon following deportation, and to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Rosales-Martinez admitted that he participated in a conspiracy with co-defendant Rosa Garcia-Valenzuela, 31, also a citizen of Mexico, and others to distribute between 25 and 50 grams of cocaine in Taney County from Oct. 12, 2004, to Aug. 1, 2005. Rosales-Martinez had previously been deported from the United States following convictions for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of heroin for sale and possession of cocaine for sale. Rosales-Martinez was found in Taney County on Aug. 1, 2005.


             Garcia-Valenzuela was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to participating in the cocaine conspiracy. Garcia-Valenzuela sold cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer on several occasions in 2004 and 2005, and introduced the undercover officer to Rosales-Martinez, her source of supply, on July 21, 2005.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly R. Weber Dean. It was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and COMET (the Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team).


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