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LYNNWOOD MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR SELLING HEROIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2005

MARIO CHAVEZ GARCIA, 31, of Lynnwood, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 80 months in prison for Distribution of Heroin and Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine. GARCIA was arrested in December 2004 after he sold heroin numerous times to a confidential informant and undercover police officer. GARCIA pleaded guilty to all charges in May 2005 and was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour.

According to court documents GARCIA sold heroin on nine separate occasions to a confidential source or an undercover officer. The sales occurred in the parking lots of a variety of stores such as Northgate Mall, Gart Sports, Fred Meyer and Good Guys in Lynnwood. After his arrest, a search of GARCIA's apartment turned up more than $18,000 in cash, a kilo of heroin, a brick of cocaine and other drug distribution materials such as scales and packaging materials.

The case was investigated by Eastside Narcotics Task Force (ENTF), including detectives from the Bellevue Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karyn Johnson.

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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