MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON FOR GUN AND DRUG TRAFFICKING
Defendant Talked to Witness about Sending High Powered Firearms to Mexico
JESUS ANDRADE-TORRES, a/k/a “Eduardo A. Estrada-Medina”, 29, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced on Monday, December 7, 2009, to 14 years in prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine and being an Alien in Possession of a Firearm. On three separate occasions in late 2008 and early 2009, ANDRADE-TORRES sold weapons to a witness working with law enforcement. ANDRADE-TORRES boasted to the witness about smuggling high powered firearms into Mexico. At sentencing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said he was very concerned about the number of high powered weapons sold by ANDRADE-TORRES.
According to records filed in the case, a witness working with law enforcement went to ANDRADE-TORRES’ residence on three different dates and purchased six firearms: three assault-type rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, a handgun and a submachine-gun style semi-automatic pistol. During one of the transactions, ANDRADE-TORRES also sold the witness methamphetamine. During the transactions, ANDRADE-TORRES talked of his efforts to smuggle AK-47 assault type weapons into Mexico, and talked of murdering someone he suspected of working with police. The threats prompted agents to make arrests in the case.
In his sentencing memo asking for a lengthy prison term, Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi notes that the State of Washington ranks 4th as the source for guns smuggled into Mexico.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.