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KENT AREA MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR LEADERSHIP OF AN INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2005

ALFONSO ALLAN BROOKS, 33, of Covington, Washington was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for his leadership role in an international narcotics trafficking organization that reached from Seattle to New York City to Colombia and Brazil. BROOKS was among twelve people arrested in Seattle, Chicago, and Colombia, and more than 25 arrested in New York City as part of "Operation Frequent Flyer," and "Operation Slam Dunk." In sentencing BROOKS late yesterday U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman noted he would be "a very old man" before he gets out of prison.

After a three and a half week trial last June, the jury convicted BROOKS of a range of charges including Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Ecstacy, and Conspiracy to Import Heroin. Several of these charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of 5 to10 years. BROOKS was also convicted of possessing a TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years, which must be served consecutive to the drug sentences. The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a guilty verdict on all 16 charges.

The convictions stem from a two year investigation reaching from New York to Seattle to Colombia and Brazil. It was dubbed "Operation Frequent Flyer" because of the extensive international travel by some involved in the conspiracy. During this long-term investigation, agents and officers in Seattle seized both heroin and cocaine, as well as ecstasy, methamphetamine, marijuana, currency, and three firearms. Additional heroin seizures were made in New York, Chicago, and British Columbia. One defendant was successfully extradited from Colombia and is currently pending trial here in Seattle.

The investigation and successful prosecution is an example of excellent cooperation between officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration in Seattle, New York, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico; Seattle Police Department; King County Sheriff's Office; Eastside Narcotics Task Force; New York Police Department; Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Blaine, Seattle, and Chicago; the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations in Seattle; Canadian Customs; and the Colombian National Police. The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program. Valuable assistance was also provided by the Snohomish Regional Narcotics Task Force and the United States Marshals Service.

Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Vogel and Todd Greenberg prosecuted the case.

For additional information 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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