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Drug Trafficker Who Possessed Firearm Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Daniel Rodriguez-Santos, age 38, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced after having been convicted after a 2-day jury trial in May 2019, of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  United States District Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., sentenced Rodriguez-Santos to a 12-year 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, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and the Yakima Police Department obtained a warrant to search Rodriguez-Santos’ residence.  During execution of the warrant, officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine and a .380 caliber handgun and ammunition in his bedroom closet.

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for individuals who may engage in drug trafficking and firearm-related offenses.  I commend the DEA and Yakima Police Department officers for their tireless efforts in combating drug trafficking and related offenses in our community.”

This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington and pursue criminal prosecution.

This case was investigated by the Yakima Resident Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Yakima Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated August 8, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 1:18-CR-2042-SMJ