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KELSO WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2009

ANGELA ALVAREZ, 35, of Kelso, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than 5 years imprisonment, and up to 40 years imprisonment, a maximum $2,000,000 fine, and mandatory period of supervised release of four years.

According to court documents, during November and December, 2008, ALVAREZ was involved with others in selling methamphetamine and cocaine in southern Washington. On December 9, 2008, a search warrant was executed at ALVAREZ’ residence, 901 Cedar Street, Kelso, Washington. More than 50 grams of methamphetamine and quantities of cocaine were recovered, along with trafficking paraphernalia.

Sentencing is set in for June 30, 2009 before U. S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle.

This case is part of a continuing Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation focused upon the unlawful trafficking in pharmaceutical controlled chemicals and substances. This case is part of a series of cases focused upon the organized distribution of methamphetamine in southern Washington. It was investigated by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force in Longview, Washington, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

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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