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SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTORS
SENTENCED TO PRISON
Camas men distributed meth for large Portland, Oregon, based organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2005

STEVEN COX, 42, and DOUGLAS FLEISCHMAN, 44, both of Camas, Washington were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton sentenced both men to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Judge Leighton observed that the mens drug dealing had a negative impact on the community in Vancouver and the surrounding area.

COX and FLEISCHMAN were part of a drug distribution organization controlled by ALEJANDRO CHEVARRIA-ROMO, 29, of Salem, Oregon. CHEVARRIA-ROMO was sentenced to 75 months in prison on September 16, 2005 for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. CHEVARIA-ROMO was the principal distributor for a methamphetamine distribution ring that moved pound quantities of methamphetamine from Oregon into Southwest Washington. The joint investigation began in January 2005, with the use of undercover DEA agents. Agents recorded the ring leaders bragging about the quality and quantity of the methamphetamine, and the multiple distributors. Leaders of the ring were arrested after selling agents more than four pounds of methamphetamine. Some of the seized methamphetamine was more than 93% pure.

BALDEMAR MARTINEZ-AVILA, 38, of Portland, Oregon, who acted as a methamphetamine transporter, was sentenced on October 21, 2005 to three years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Several individuals are awaiting sentencing for their roles in the conspiracy:

JANICE CHANDLER, 46, of Washougal, Washington, who acted as a methamphetamine distributor, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and is scheduled to be sentenced February 24, 2006.

YVETTE BONNEAU, 42, of Washougal, Washington, who acted as a methamphetamine distributor, pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Distribute and will be sentenced March 3, 2006.

DEBORAH OLSON, 52, of Puyallup, Washington, who acted as a methamphetamine distributor, pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and is scheduled to be sentenced December 19, 2005.

The case is being investigated by DEA, Camas, Washington Police Department, and the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force with assistance from the Portland Police Bureau and Clackamas County (OR) Sheriff's Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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