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Defendant Purchased and Distributed Multiple Pound Quantities of Methamphetamine

May 14, 2010

DOUG ALFONSO, 49, of Olympia, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and four years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. ALFONSO was a significant distributor of methamphetamine who was identified in an investigation dubbed “Operation Arctic Chill.” The conspirators were distributing significant quantities of highly pure methamphetamine known as “Ice” in the South Sound and Southwest Washington areas. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan said ALFONSO’s “history of drug abuse and drug dealing, as well as his position in this conspiracy . . . merits a significant sentence.”

According to the plea agreement ALFONSO signed in February 2010, he admitted to purchasing pound quantities of methamphetamine on numerous occasions. In fact between February and June 2009, ALFONSO purchased and distributed to others a pound or two of methamphetamine each week. ALFONSO paid between $15,000 and $19,000 per pound for the drugs. He sold the meth in Thurston, Lewis and Pierce Counties. ALFONSO and others involved in the conspiracy were arrested June 2009. ALFONSO has prior state court convictions for drug possession and harassment dating back to 1998.

Last week the lead defendant in the Arctic Chill investigation pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, MARTIN OSEGUERA-CHAVEZ, 51, a Mexican National with residences in Kirkland and Yelm, Washington, must be sentenced to 10-15 years in prison or either side can withdraw from the plea agreement. OSEGUERA-CHAVEZ admits in his plea agreement that he distributed cocaine and methamphetamine that was transported from Mexico to Western Washington. OSEGUERA-CHAVEZ went to California to pick up the drugs or sent others to pick them up.

“While some may mistakenly view smuggling and trafficking in narcotics as a path to a quick profit, today's sentencing of a recidivist criminal demonstrates that serious consequences await those who engage in the smuggling and sale of illegal drugs,” said special agent in charge Leigh Winchell with ICE's Office of Investigations in Seattle.

“This organization’s drug trafficking activities posed a significant threat to our community and numerous other locations in the USA,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas. “Today’s sentence reflects our communities intolerance for this criminal activity. The sentence is indicative of this defendant’s role in this organization. This case would not have been possible without the high level of cooperation between our law enforcement counterparts.”

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