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METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 5+ YEARS IN PRISON
Cowlitz County man arranged sale of 4 lbs of meth worth $180,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2006

CAESAR HERNANDEZ VALENCIA, 21, of Longview, Washington was sentenced to 63 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Unlawful Entry by an Alien. Since HERNANDEZ VALENCIA was illegally in the country, he will be deported following his prison term. In sentencing HERNANDEZ VALENCIA, Judge Ronald B. Leighton noted the case involved a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

According to court records, a confidential informant working with police asked HERNANDEZ VALENCIA to set up a drug deal to purchase four pounds of methamphetamine. HERNANDEZ VALENCIA contacted co-defendant JOSE RODOLFO GARCIA ROMERO and the men made arrangements to deliver the drugs. When the men delivered the drugs at a Lacey, Washington, motel they were arrested.

In asking for a significant sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thomas wrote to the court, “The defendant has profited from a crime which has torn away at the very fabric of American society. A doctor who deals with methamphetamine cases, Dr. Michael Abrams, described methamphetamine as the most malignant, addictive drug known to mankind.”

Co-Defendant JOSE RODOLFO GARCIA ROMERO pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Illegal Reentry after Deportation on January 11, 2006. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Leighton on April 14, 2006.

The case was investigated by the Washington State Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew H. Thomas.

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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