EVERETT MAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE & METH
Sixteen other defendants already entered guilty pleas in extensive wire-tap case
MANUEL RUIZ-MALDONADO, 28, of Everett, Washington, was convicted this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, three counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. The jury deliberated for six hours over two days following a week-long trial. RUIZ-MALDONADO faces a mandatory minimum ten year term on each of the conspiracy counts when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on March 20, 2005.
At trial, prosecutors presented a portion of extensive court-authorized wiretap evidence of RUIZ-MALDONADO'S drug dealing. Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration recorded hundreds of calls in which RUIZ-MALDONADO discussed drug deals. Sixteen other defendants, including RUIZ-MALDONADO'S drug suppliers, have already entered guilty pleas. One additional defendant is scheduled for trial in February, 2006.
This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was initiated by the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force in 2004, who worked closely with DEA throughout the investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Doug Whalley and Susan Roe.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, at (206) 553-4110.