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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yakima Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jose Alberto Abundiz, a.k.a. “Scarface”, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced today after previously having pled guilty on June 28, 2017, to distribution of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Abundiz to a 150-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, in August of 2016, a citizen advised that a person known as “Scarface” was selling methamphetamine. The citizen later identified “Scarface” as Jose Alberto Abundiz. Law enforcement officers subsequently confirmed that Abundiz was distributing methamphetamine in the Yakima, Washington area. On September 7, 2016, law enforcement officers executed multiple search warrants in Yakima. The officers seized over $4,000 in U.S. currency, ammunition, firearms, and a significant amount of methamphetamine.

Harrington said, “This case again highlights the commitment, dedication, and strong partnership among local, state, and federal law enforcement officers in combating drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Washington. I commend the officers and agents for a job very well done.”

The Yakima Police Department, FBI, and the Washington State Department of Corrections conducted the investigation of this matter. The case was prosecuted by Ian L. Garriques, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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Updated October 19, 2017