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RENTON MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Defendant Attempted to Take Delivery of Cocaine and Meth Shipped up I-5 Corridor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2009

ROBERT ELECCION, 36, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and four years of supervised release for Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. ELECCION was arrested in Federal Way, Washington on November 24, 2008, and pleaded guilty February 19, 2009. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez said, “this is a serious crime,... made more serious by the presence of weapons.”

According to records filed in the case, the investigation began with the arrest of two other defendants in Oregon. These defendants were stopped by the Oregon State Police with two kilograms of cocaine and six pounds of methamphetamine. One of the defendants said the drugs were to be delivered to “Roberto.” Working with the cooperating defendant, Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up a drug delivery in a restaurant parking lot in Federal Way. Shortly after arriving to pick up the drugs, ELECCION was arrested. ELECCION had agreed to purchase two kilos of cocaine for $15,000 and a pound of meth for $18,000. Agents seized more than $53,000 from ELECCION’s car. At ELECCION’s home police seized five kilograms of marijuana; eleven firearms and more than $34,000 cash. An additional pound of methamphetamine was hidden in the garage inside a Playstation box.

Prosecutor Matthew Diggs noted in court that ELECCION’s drug trafficking was a way of supporting his own habit. If ELECCION qualifies for the intensive drug treatment program in federal prison, prosecutors will not oppose putting him in that program.

Speaking through tears, ELECCION told Judge Martinez, “I made a terrible mistake... I’m so sorry.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with key assistance from the Oregon State Police.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Diggs.

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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