Drug trafficking ringleader, who hid huge amounts of drugs and cash on Arlington, Washington property, sentenced to 15 years in prison
Two Vancouver, Washington men who distributed significant amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were sentenced to prison terms today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. EUGENIO MEZA-OROZCO, 52, who goes by the street name “Sexy”, was sentenced to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release. ROGELIO RAMIREZ-HERRERA, 33, who goes by the street name “Rata” was sentenced to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release. At the sentencing hearings U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle said meth is a “poison” that “destroys lives and families.”
According to records filed in the case, in March 2014, law enforcement observed MEZA-OROZCO and RAMIREZ-HERRERA conducting various drug distribution activities. When law enforcement moved in and executed court authorized search warrants they found significant amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, including four pounds of methamphetamine in one storage locker. The locker also contained five firearms. Investigators also seized more than $61,000 in cash as well as drug packaging paraphernalia.
The case was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.