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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yakima Drug Trafficker Sentenced To Ten Years In Federal Prison

Spokane – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jose Antonio Naranjo-Lozano, age 24, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced today after being convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. United States District Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Naranjo-Lozano to a ten year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

In July 2012, a complaint was filed alleging that Naranjo-Lozano and a codefendant had attempted to sell five pounds of methamphetamine to undercover DEA agents. As detailed in the complaint, Naranjo-Lozano and the codefendant arrived at the location for the drug sale with the bulk of the methamphetamine hidden in an electrically operated secret compartment located in their vehicle. Naranjo-Lozano later pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine.

Michael C. Ormsby said, "This case involved a significant amount of methamphetamine that the Defendant intended to distribute on the streets of Yakima. The seriousness of this crime is reflected by the ten year sentenced imposed by the judge. The DEA is committed to continue its aggressive investigative efforts to keep methamphetamine and other dangerous illegal drugs off the streets. The United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Washington is similarly committed to aggressively prosecute such crimes. "

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated January 29, 2015