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Two Men Indicted for Attempting to Sell 25 Pounds of Methamphetamine

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

Yakima, Washington - On February 13, 2024 a federal grand jury for the Eastern District of Washington returned an indictment charging Jesus Birrueta-Mendoza and Germain Reyna Saucedo with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Methamphetamine.

In January of 2024, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) developed information that Birrueta-Mendoza had access to 50 pounds of methamphetamines and was offering to “front” a sample of the product.

On January 11, HSI agents used a confidential informant to meet with Birrueta-Mendoza. At the meeting HSI agents observed Birrueta-Mendoza give the informant 40 grams of methamphetamines. A few days later, the informant arranged to buy 50 pounds of methamphetamines from Birrueta-Mendoza for $60,000.

On January 18, Birrueta-Mendoza arrived at the Bi-Mart in Sunnyside, Washington to meet the informant. Saucedo was riding in the passenger seat of the vehicle.  The informant asked where the drugs were and was told the drugs were in the backseat. Birrueta-Mendoza then said the bag contained half of the agreed amount of drugs.

Agents moved in and arrested Birrueta-Mendoza and Saucedo. Agents located a handgun in a holster on Saucedo’s waistband, along with $1,600 in cash.

The next day, agents obtained a search warrant for Birrueta-Mendoza’s vehicle. Agents opened the bag on the back seat of the vehicle, inside were 25 individually wrapped packages of methamphetamines weighing a total of 25.70 pounds in packaging.

“Over 25 pounds of illegal narcotics were taken off the street thanks to this seizure,” stated U.S. Attorney Waldref. “Illicit drugs harm our communities. My office, alongside our law enforcement partners, will continue to work tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods from those who distribute this poison.”

This ongoing case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Murphy.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Case: 1:24-CR-2007-SAB


Robert Curry

Public Affairs Specialist 

Updated February 26, 2024

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