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MEXICAN NATIONAL WHO REPEATEDLY RETURNED AFTER DEPORTATION SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Defendant Served Two Prior Sentences in State Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2009

JOSE L. RODRIQUEZ, 51, a Mexican National, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to nine years in prison and four years of supervised release for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute. RODRIQUEZ has prior drug convictions from Yakima County (1987), Snohomish County (1997) and King County (2006). After two of those convictions he was deported, but quickly returned to the U.S. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones told him, “You’ve been deported and elected to return... the primary reason you came back and chose drug trafficking was the allure of the lifestyle.... (the prior deportations) appear to have had no impact.”

According to records filed in the case, RODRIQUEZ was arrested in April 2009, as he was preparing to sell multiple ounce quantities of cocaine and heroin in the parking lot of a Safeway store in Kent, Washington. RODRIQUEZ had drugs both on his person and stashed in his car. Nearly a kilo of cocaine was found in his car.

When he addressed the court, Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo told Judge Jones that the sentence needed to be more than “just the cost of doing business” for RODRIQUEZ. Mr. Colasurdo noted that RODRIQUEZ was “a long time drug dealer who has dealt significant amounts of drugs... He has been deported time and time again, and is returning after deportation faster and faster, and returned to dealing larger amounts of drugs.”

The case was investigated by the Auburn Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo. Mr. Colasurdo is a Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute drug and gun crimes in federal court.

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.

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