MOBILE, AL— The Acting United States Attorney, Steve Butler, announces that Jennifer Arlene Rosas-Saucedo was sentenced in United States District Court, Senior Judge Callie V. Granade, on April 24, 2017 to eighty months confinement for being involved in a multi-state methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. On November 23, 2015, a United States Postal Inspector intercepted a postal parcel shipped from a United States Post Office located in El Segundo, California destined for Fairhope, Alabama. Mobile Police Department dedicated K-9 “ARON” alerted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the parcel. A search warrant of the package revealed 16.93 kilograms of methamphetamine with a purity of 92.8%.
The Postal Inspector contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to pursue an investigation. The DEA investigation revealed that Rosas-Saucedo travelled from her home in Vancouver, Washington to Southern California to provide the 16.93 kilograms of methamphetamine to other members of the conspiracy. The other members of the conspiracy arranged to ship the package from Southern California to Fairhope, Alabama.
Further investigation revealed that another member of the conspiracy met Rosas-Saucedo in Los Angeles, California in March 2016 and received 7.8 pounds of methamphetamine from her. The courier then transported the methamphetamine on an Amtrak train to New Orleans, Louisiana, where the DEA and local officials intercepted him.
In September 2016, the DEA used a cooperating defendant to purchase 1 kilogram of methamphetamine from Rosas-Saucedo, which again was shipped from Southern California to the Southern District of Alabama
In October 2016, investigative team members of FBI Vancouver authored a federal search warrant for the defendant’s residence in Vancouver, Washington as well as a vehicle owned by another member of the conspiracy. A search of the residence revealed eight cellular phones, $7,388.00 in United States currency and multiple notebooks containing drug ledgers. A search of the vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup, yielded approximately $62,000 in United States currency, a stolen handgun and approximately 4.4 pounds of methamphetamine.
The case was jointly investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Vancouver, Washington, the United States Postal Inspector in Mobile and the Mobile Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney George May prosecuted the case.
Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler stated, “this case represented the quintessential example of the partnership between different federal law enforcement agencies as well as the cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies”. Butler stated, “I laud the efforts of law enforcement in shutting down this significant methamphetamine trafficking organization”.