U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref Honored by Washington Women Lawyers for “Passing the Torch” and Going “Above and Beyond” to Mentor Women Lawyers
Yakima, Washington – Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian has sentenced David Reyes, 30, of Kennewick, Washington, to 120 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. As part of the sentence, Chief Judge Bastian also imposed a period of five-years’ federal supervised release. Reyes’s drug trafficking activities occurred primarily in the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington).
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Reyes was arrested on drug trafficking charges in March 2021. At that time, the Washington Department of Corrections (“DOC”) was supervising Reyes for multiple convictions in Washington state court. During a March 11, 2021 search of Reyes’s home, DOC officers seized approximately 350 grams of methamphetamine, a number of fentanyl-laced pills, and 280 grams of heroin inside a sweatshirt, which was in Reyes’s bedroom. DOC also recovered a digital scale and several thousands of dollars in U.S. Currency. Reyes is a known member of the Sureno Gang. He goes by the moniker, “Lil’ Monster.”
“The seamless partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pasco Police Department, and Washington Department of Corrections lead directly to the apprehension of this Sureno Gang Member, who was distributing deadly narcotics while on state supervision,” U.S. Attorney Waldref stated. “These types of federal, state, and local partnerships, coupled with community engagement, are necessary to rid our communities of this dangerous poison, thereby making our communities safer and stronger.” U.S. Attorney Waldref continued, “Today’s sentence will remove Mr. Reyes from our community for 10 years, sending a powerful signal that our office continues to vigorously prosecute those who distribute deadly narcotics in Eastern Washington.”
“The fact that Mr. Reyes previously served time in prison was no deterrent to reoffending.” said Special Agent in Charge Donald M. Voiret of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “This sentence will keep him from distributing drugs into our communities for the next decade. I want to thank our investigators and partners on the Southeast Washington Safe Streets Task Force for their work on this case.”
This case was prosecuted under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. The OCDETF program provides supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved in the investigation of drug-related crimes. This OCDETF investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
Safe Streets Task Force in Tri-Cities Washington, Pasco Police Department, and Washington Department of Corrections.
This case was prosecuted by Caitlin A. Baunsgard, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.