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Drug Group Dealt Pound Quantities of Very Pure Methamphetamine

April 21, 2006

JOEL MENDOZA CABRERA, 35, of Burien, Washington, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. CABRERA was part of a ring that dealt in multiple pound quantities of methamphetamine that was as much as 97% pure. Members of the conspiracy were selling the methamphetamine for more than $11,000 per pound. In sentencing CABRERA, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton told him “this was a significant offense and the effect on the community of this type of offense is devastating.”

CABRERA was arrested November 20, 2003, after four pounds of very pure methamphetamine was delivered during a police sting in a business parking lot along I-5 in Tacoma. CABRERA was one of the sources for the four pounds. Some of CABRERA’s drug activity occurred at the Triangle Pub, where he was a part owner.

CABRERA pleaded guilty on May 21, 2004. Sentencing had been delayed while other members of the ring moved through the criminal justice system. Co-defendant HECTOR CARRILLO-REYES was sentenced December 12, 2005, to ten years in prison. MANUEL ESTRADA-NUNEZ was sentenced February 4, 2005, to 41 months in prison. MARIO PRADO LUCATERO was sentenced July 9, 2004, to 46 months in prison. DANTE BARRAGAN-MORALES is scheduled to be sentenced June 2, 2006.

The case was investigated by the DEA/ TNET Task Force, comprised of DEA agents and local law enforcement officers from Tacoma Police, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Corrections, Bonney Lake Police and Auburn Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Douglas J. Hill. Hill is a Deputy Pierce County Prosecutor who is specially designated to handle drug cases in Federal Court.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at 206-553-4110.

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