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VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON
Mexican National Had a Kilo of Highly Pure Meth and Semi-Auto Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2008

LOMBARDO CEJA-GOMEZ, aka Roberto Tapia-Martinez, 37, of Hoquiam, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. CEJA-GOMEZ is a Mexican National who likely will be deported following his prison term. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said CEJA-GOMEZ was “a person to be feared, a dangerous and evil person in many respects....(who) poisons the community he resides with.”

According to records filed in the case, CEJA-GOMEZ was arrested on March 14, 2007, when law enforcement officers searched his Hoquiam apartment and found nearly a kilo of pure methamphetamine, two loaded semi-automatic pistols and a semi-automatic rifle. CEJA-GOMEZ has a history of methamphetamine dealing with convictions from 1997 and 2001. In 2001 he was sentenced to five years in prison for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Despite that sentence CEJA-GOMEZ quickly returned to methamphetamine dealing.

CEJA-GOMEZ was one of four men arrested and convicted in a long term investigation meth dealing in Southwest Washington. The investigation of the drug distribution ring began in 2005. The investigation revealed that the ring smuggled the drugs up from California and maintained a network of stash houses in Thurston, Lewis, and Grays Harbor Counties. The ring used violence or the threat of violence to further the drug conspiracy. Salvado Arreola-Gutierrez was sentenced to 96 months in prison on September 12, 2008. Gustavo Orozco-Romero, and Francisco Rubio-Perez are scheduled to be sentenced on November 7, 2008.

Prosecutor Mike Dion stated, “CEJA-GOMEZ is still a large scale methamphetamine dealer who surrounds himself with guns... If CEJA-GOMEZ goes on as he has – which he seems determined to do – sooner or later, somebody will be badly hurt or killed. The best way to avoid that is to imprison him until he reaches another stage of life and will hopefully have moved away from drugs, guns and violence.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force (GHDTF).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mike Dion and Matthew Diggs.

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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