Sunnyside Man Sentenced to Concurrent 10 Year Prison Terms for Drug Trafficking and Being an Illegal Alien in Possession of Ammunition
Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Omar Alarcon Fuentes, 37, of Sunnyside, Washington, was sentenced today after having been convicted after a one-day jury trial in December 2014 of one count of distributing 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine, and pleading guilty on March 19, 2015, to being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition. In the methamphetamine case, United States District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fuentes to a 10-year term of imprisonment and a 5-year term of court supervision following release from federal prison. The Court also ordered Fuentes to pay $4,000 in restitution to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. In the ammunition case, Judge Rice sentenced Fuentes to a 10-year term of imprisonment to run concurrent to the sentence imposed in the methamphetamine case, followed by a 3-year term of court supervision following release from federal prison. Fuentes has been in custody since his arrest on July 25, 2013.
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, on July 18, 2013, using a confidential informant, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Spokane Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF) conducted a controlled buy of four ounces of methamphetamine from Henry Patrick Bevans, III, at a hotel on North Division. When the confidential informant arrived at Bevans’ room to buy four ounces, he gave Bevans $4,000 in buy money provided by DEA. However, Bevans did not have the drugs to distribute, indicating he was waiting for his supplier to arrive. While maintaining surveillance outside the hotel, DEA special agents SRDTF officers observed Fuentes driving a minivan into the hotel’s rear parking lot. Shortly afterward, DEA and SRDTF units observed Bevans exit the back of the hotel and enter Fuentes’ minivan. Surveillance units observed Fuentes drive Bevans from the hotel’s rear parking lot to the front entrance. Bevans exited Fuentes’ minivan and went inside the hotel. In the meantime, the confidential informant was waiting in Bevans’ hotel room. Upon returning to his hotel room, Bevans distributed four ounces of methamphetamine that he had received from Fuentes in the parking lot. After leaving the hotel room, the confidential informant turned over the suspected methamphetamine to DEA. DEA laboratory testing confirmed that the substance Fuentes distributed to Bevans who in turn distributed it the confidential informant was 119 grams of pure methamphetamine. Surveillance units followed Fuentes to his residence in Sunnyside, Washington.
On July 24, 2013, SRDTF obtained a State warrant to search Fuentes’ residence. During execution of the warrant, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detective found 16 loose rounds of .45 caliber ammunition and a Mexican permanent resident identification card in the name of “Omar Fuentes” in a drawer in the master bedroom. The ammunition was photographed and seized. Fuentes, a citizen and national of Mexico, had been arrested and deported from the United States in 2009, but had illegally reentered the United States.
After previously pleading guilty to two counts of distributing 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine, Henry Patrick Bevans, III, was sentenced in April 2014 by Senior District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle to a 10-year term of imprisonment followed by 10 years of court supervision and was ordered to pay $8,000 restitution to DEA.
Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “The sentence imposed in this case reflects the seriousness of drug trafficking and firearm-related crimes. This case is yet another example of the commitment of the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute aggressively drug and firearm-related cases in the Eastern District of Washington. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Spokane Regional Drug Task Force and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are commended for its tireless efforts in thoroughly investigating this case.”
The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Spokane Regional Drug Task Force and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.