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Defendant Moved as Much as Three Pounds of Meth per Day

June 8, 2009

JOSE OROZCO MARTINEZ, 26, a Mexican National residing in Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 63 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Because OROZCO MARTINEZ was in the country illegally, he likely will be deported following his prison term. Sentence was imposed this morning by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle.

OROZCO MARTINEZ was arrested on March 13, 2008, as he drove away from the LaCenter residence of Jose Freddy Barrera. OROZCO MARTINEZ was found to have over a pound of methamphetamine in his car. He told officers that he picked up three pounds of methamphetamine from Barrera on an almost daily basis for distribution to others. Barrera was known to Vancouver Police, and when they learned he had returned to the area following his deportation, they began watching his residence. When the home was searched they found 16 pounds of methamphetamine and a drug ledger indicating payments for drug shipments of more than $100,000.

Barrera was sentenced April 7, 2009, to thirteen years in prison.

OROZCO MARTINEZ pleaded guilty on October 8, 2008.

The case was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion.

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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