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Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 23, 2021

Drug Trafficker Involved in Drive-By Shooting Sentenced to 140 Months in Federal Prison

Quincy Man Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Eusebio Olvera Ruiz, age 27, of Quincy, Washington, was sentenced on April 22, 2021, after having pleaded guilty on January 14, 2021, to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Methamphetamine. United States District Chief Judge Bastian sentenced Ruiz to a 140-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Mr. Ruiz was a member of a drug trafficking organization operating out of the Quincy and Moses Lake, Washington area. During the course of the investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in the Tri-Cities, they conducted multiple search warrants and seized multiple pounds of methamphetamine, several hundred fentanyl laced pills, heroin, and numerous stolen firearms and ammunition. Chief Judge Bastian found that Ruiz should receive two enhancements for his possession of firearms utilized to intimidate and threaten those that owed money to the organization. He also found that Ruiz committed an act of violence during the offense, specifically, that he participated in a drive-by shooting in Moses Lake, at the direction of the leader organizer of the drug trafficking organization. Ruiz is a Citizen of Mexico and will be removed from the United States after the completion of his sentence.

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington commends the law enforcement officers with the federal and local agencies who investigated this case. Their seamless partnership resulted in the successful outcome of this matter. The sentence imposed by the court removes a drug trafficker and violent offender from our streets and sends a clear message to others who may choose to engage in such criminal activity.”

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force in Tri-Cities Washington, Moses Lake Police Department, Kennewick Police Department, Richland Police Department, Pasco Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Department of Corrections, Quincy Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Stephanie Van Marter, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
4:20-CR-6002-SAB-3
Updated April 23, 2021