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Ring Members dealt Heroin and Cocaine in King, Snohomish and Skagit Counties

June 1, 2007

EDGARDO COLOSIO-DUSSAN, 32, of Everett, Washington was sentenced today to more than 13 years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Heroin. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez imposed the 135 month term saying “looking at all the drugs and money involved, this is the appropriate sentence.” COLOSIO-DUSSAN is a Mexican National who likely will be deported following his prison term.

COLOSIO-DUSSAN was arrested June 21, 2006 along with eighteen other defendants connected to two related drug rings. COLOSIO-DUSSAN pleaded guilty on March 5, 2007, and agreed to accept a sentence in the range of 121 months to 135 months. Judge Martinez agreed with the government recommendation that COLOSIO-DUSSAN be sentenced at the high end of that sentencing range. Two other defendants in the drug conspiracy were sentenced today as well. JACIEL ORANGA ZUNIGA, 37, of Lynnwood, Washington, was sentenced to ten years in prison. And OSVOLDO SORIANO-SILVA, 21, of Lynnwood, Washington. Was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

The indictment of the COLOSIO-DUSSAN drug ring followed a lengthy wire-tap investigation where conspirators were recorded discussing their drug distribution business. The agents watched and videotaped them obtaining re-supplies of cocaine and heroin, with the drugs being transported black plastic lawn bags and heavy backpacks. The outlines of the kilo “bricks” were visible in the videotape. The agents listened to the conspirators discuss transactions involving kilos of drugs and thousands of dollars.

In her sentencing memo asking for a lengthy sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Vogel described the ring as “a large-scale, highly-efficient cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine distribution collaborative..... They worked at this criminal enterprise day and night, holding no
legitimate employment. This organization was relatively sophisticated. They rented and used at least three different “stash” apartments instead of their own homes to store and process the drugs...”

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, with supplemental federal funding provided to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by agents and officers of the DEA , the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force (which includes detectives from the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department), the Washington State Department of Corrections, and the Washington State Patrol. The investigation was assisted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Marshal’s Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Vogel.

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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