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

Thursday, June 13, 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 Ruben Ornelas, age 33, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced today after being convicted of distribution of methamphetamine. Chief United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Ornelas to a ten-year term of imprisonment to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

In October 2012, Ornelas was charged by Indictment with distributing methamphetamine on four separate occasions in Yakima, Washington during the summer of 2012. Ornelas later pleaded guilty to one count of distributing over 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Michael C. Ormsby said: "I commend the DEA for its tenacious investigative efforts in this case, as well as its continuing commitment to rid the Eastern District of Washington of methamphetamine. The ten year jail sentence meted out today is plainly appropriate for a drug dealer trafficking in the significant quantity of methamphetamine involved in this case."

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