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VANCOUVER MAN SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR REPEATED DRUG DEALING
Defendant Stopped Twice with Meth in Car and Hidden on His Body

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2006

CARLOS FIGUEROA-LOPEZ, 36, of Vancouver, Washington was sentenced today to 110 months in prison and five years of supervised release for two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. The sentence was handed down today by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton in Tacoma.

FIGUEROA-LOPEZ was charged federally in April 2006, following two instances where he was arrested with methamphetamine and the paraphernalia used in meth distribution. On June 20, 2006, FIGUEROA-LOPEZ pleaded guilty to both offenses. He admitted that on September 18, 2005, a search of his car during a routine traffic stop revealed multiple small quantities of methamphetamine, a digital scale and baggies used in the distribution of meth. He also admitted that he was arrested again on March 14, 2006 after a confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from FIGUEROA-LOPEZ in the parking lot of the Vancouver, Washington Wal-Mart on March 2, 2006. At the time of his arrest, officers found four bags of methamphetamine hidden in his car or on his body. Also in the car was more than $500 cash, and a Ruger .357 caliber revolver wrapped in a bag on the front passenger seat.

In asking for a lengthy prison term, prosecutors noted FIGUEROA-LOPEZ has a lengthy criminal history with two prior convictions for drug trafficking. They also noted that this was the third time he has been caught with a gun. FIGUEROA-LOPEZ’s work history reveals that his only employment has been under-the-table work as a tatoo artist. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber wrote to the court that this limited employment “history, combined with his criminal record, show a man who wanted to generate income the easy way rather than in a legal and productive way that would benefit society.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Washington State Patrol and the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

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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