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Repeat Offender Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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

Richland, Washington – On August 24, 2023, United States District Judge Mary K. Dimke sentenced Zachary Robert Cordova, age 30, to 10 years in in federal prison after his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. Cordova, who is from Richland, WA, also will serve 5 years of federal supervision after he is released from custody.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, in January 2022, an investigation was initiated into Cordova, a subject already under court supervision for prior drug distribution, as he was now reportedly engaged in the distribution of deadly fentanyl-laced pills and methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Washington, specifically in the Tri-Cities, Washington area.

In March of 2022, officers attempted to stop and arrest Defendant based upon the drug investigation and active arrest warrants. Cordova did not stop, and instead fled the scene at a high rate of speed, which placed the community at risk. Officers were not permitted to pursue him but were able to locate Cordova at an unrelated residence a short time later where he again attempted to flee. Cordova was apprehended, and law enforcement seized thousands of fentanyl-laced pills, methamphetamine, and several loaded firearms.

Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, stated “This significant sentence demonstrates the breadth and seriousness of Mr. Cordova’s increasing drug trafficking activities. I’m grateful for our incredible law enforcement team, who devote their lives to protecting our community. I commend our METRO Drug Task Force whose work combatting organized crime and removing illegal drugs and stolen firearms keeps our neighborhoods safe and strengthens our communities.”
“This case demonstrates how DEA as well as our federal, state, and local partners are working together to hold accountable those who distribute poisonous fentanyl into our communities,” said David F. Reames, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Seattle Field Division.

This case was investigated by the DEA Tri-Cities, the METRO Drug Task Force, United States Border Patrol, Richland Police Department, Kennewick Police Department, Pasco Police Department, and West Richland Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Van Marter.



Richard Barker 
First Assistant United States Attorney and Public Affairs Officer
509-353-2767 or

Updated August 30, 2023

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