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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING
Defendant delivered three pounds of Meth to informant in Tacoma Mall parking lot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2006

ALEJANDRO OROZCO-CASTANEDA, 23, of Kent, Washington was sentenced to 72 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Since he was in the country illegally, OROZCO-CASTANEDA will be deported following his prison term.

OROZCO-CASTANEDA was arrested June 28, 2005, after arranging to sell three pounds of fairly pure methamphetamine to a confidential law enforcement source at the Tacoma Mall. OROZCO-CASTANEDA had arranged a price for the meth of $9,500 per pound. Three other men were also arrested at the drug deal in the parking lot. OROZCO-CASTANEDA pleaded guilty December 21, 2005. His co-defendants pleaded guilty last month and will be sentenced in June, 2006.

OROZCO-CASTANEDA had faced a mandatory minimum ten years in prison because of the amount of methamphetamine. Because of his cooperation with law enforcement, the government agreed to what is called a “safety valve” provision and recommended a sentence of 108 months in prison. Judge Franklin Burgess chose to go below that recommendation, citing OROZCO-CASTANEDA’s cooperation with the government.

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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