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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 3, 2015

Mexican National Trafficking Methamphetamine in Yakima Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Spokane - Michael C. Ormsby, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that Armando Godinez-Ramos, age 33, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., sentenced Godinez-Ramos to a 10 year term of imprisonment, to be followed by an 8-year term of court supervision upon release from Federal prison

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on July 22, 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI) arrested Godinez-Ramos on a federal immigration warrant. During the execution of a search warrant for his residence, officers located drugs and drug trafficking tools, including approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine, 120 grams of heroin, a drug cutting agent, surveillance cameras, and a firearm. Godinez-Ramos has prior convictions for alien in possession of a firearm and delivery of methamphetamine.

Michael C. Ormsby said, “I commend the officers of ICE/HSI, ATF, the Yakima DEA Drug Task Force, and the Yakima Police Department for their efforts in investigating this methamphetamine case. Their strong working partnership is reflected by the successful prosecution of this case. Federal and local law enforcement officers in the Eastern District of Washington continue to work together to root out the scourge of drug trafficking in this District. With their assistance, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for traffickers distributing controlled substances in our communities.”

This case was investigated by the cooperative efforts of ICE/HSI, ATF, the Yakima DEA Drug Task Force, and the Yakima Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Ian L. Garriques, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Press Release Number: 
14-CR-2052-SMJ
Updated August 3, 2015