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Arrested with 7lbs. Of Highly Pure Methamphetamine in 'Operation Arctic Chill'

November 22, 2010

JUAN ANTONIO TREJO-PEREZ, of Elma, Washington, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Distribution of Methamphetamine. TREJO-PEREZ was arrested in June 2009, as part of an initiative dubbed “Operation Arctic Chill.” The name came from the fact that the criminal group was dealing large amounts of highly pure methamphetamine known as “ice.” TREJO-PEREZ pleaded guilty April 26, 2010. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan imposed the sentence.

According to records filed in the case, in early June 2009, a person working with law enforcement arranged a drug purchase from TREJO-PEREZ. The first purchase was at a restaurant. Just days later, the customer was directed to visit TREJO-PEREZ’s Elma residence where he observed more than seven pounds of methamphetamine. Law enforcement moved in and arrested TREJO-PEREZ seizing about three kilograms of methamphetamine. In all, 26 members of the conspiracy were arrested in late June 2009. All have now pleaded guilty to a variety of drug distribution, gun, or money laundering crimes.

TREJO-PEREZ has two prior felony drug convictions in Superior Court in Mason County for Possession of Methamphetamine ( 2002) and Delivery of Methamphetamine (2007).

In asking for the lengthy sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thomas noted the damage wrought by methamphetamine. “There is a significant need to deter drug conspiracies and their collateral damage, including the violence and addiction they generate in our society. Motivated by greed, drug dealers prey upon the weaknesses of others, leading them astray by supplying them narcotics. In this sense, drug dealers pose a serious threat to the safety of the public.”

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Roger Rogoff and Matthew Thomas.

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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