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MEXICAN NATIONAL GETS TEN YEAR TERM FOR DEALING FIVE LBS. OF METH
Meth Brought up from Mexico was Highly Pure “Ice”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2006

JOSE SAGRERO GALLARDO, 30, of Tualatin, Oregon was sentenced today in Tacoma to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Alien in Possession of a Firearm. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton imposed the mandatory ten year term based on the quantity of drugs and the fact that GALLARDO was armed during the drug transaction.

According to records filed in the case, in September, 2005 GALLARDO and three other defendants were involved in a drug deal with a confidential source. The drug deal was set up for a gas station in Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula. The confidential source was to pay $52,500 for five pounds of highly pure methamphetamine. GALLARDO had transported the drugs from Beaverton, Oregon up to the gas station. GALLARDO admitted bringing a loaded Bersa .380 semiautomatic pistol to the drug deal in case of trouble.

One of the other defendants has also entered a guilty plea. Guadalupe Perez Molina, pleaded guilty June 21, 2006 and will be sentenced October 13, 2006. Two defendants, Manuel Perez Perez and Moises Gallardo Barragan are scheduled to go to trial on July 7, 2006.

The case was investigated by the DEA/ Tacoma Regional Narcotics 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 Assistant United States Attorney Matthew 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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