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"Pasco Man Sentenced For Heroin Trafficking"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2014

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Arnulfo Gomez Tejeda, age 39, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty on September 12, 2013, to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Senior United States District Court Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Tejeda to an 18 year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 10 year term of court supervision upon release from prison.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, in December of 2012, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and officers with the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force made multiple purchases of controlled substances from Tejeda. On January 4, 2013, law enforcement officers executed search warrants on Tejeda's vehicles and at his residence in Pasco, Washington. The officers discovered methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and a marijuana growing operation, as well as multiple firearms. Tejeda has multiple felony convictions.

Michael C. Ormsby said, "This prosecution was made possible because of the strong partnership among the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The cross-designation of the Task Force officers working within the Drug Enforcement Administration facilitated the federal prosecution of this case. The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington is committed to prosecuting and seeking just punishment for those who distribute drugs in our communities."

This case was investigated by the cooperative efforts of the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Alison L. Gregoire, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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