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COWLITZ COUNTY MAN GETS TEN YEAR TERM FOR METH TRAFFICKING
Defendant arrested in undercover sting with $180,000 of highly pure methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2006

JOSE RODOLFO GARCIA ROMERO, aka VICTOR A. ROMERO, 42, of Cowlitz County, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Illegal Re-entry by an Alien. Because GARCIA ROMERO was in the United States illegally, he will be deported following his ten year prison term.

According to court records, in April 2005, a confidential informant working with police asked GARCIA ROMERO’s co-defendant, Hernandez Valencia, to set up a drug deal to purchase four pounds of methamphetamine. Hernandez Valencia contacted 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. Hernandez Valencia was sentenced in January 2006, to 63 months in prison. GARCIA ROMERO has two prior convictions for drug trafficking in Cowlitz County Superior Court and has previously been deported so he faced a longer prison term.

Authorities estimate the drugs involved in this case have a street value of more than $180,000 and could have provided between 7,600 and 18,000 doses of methamphetamine.

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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