Meth distributor sentenced to 12 years in prison

— Jorge Mendoza-Sanchez of Sunnyside was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in federal prison for his role as a drug courier and distributor in a large-scale methamphetamine-trafficking conspiracy.

Officials say Mendoza-Sanchez admitted to regularly transporting large quantities of methamphetamine from California to Spokane. Officials say he also admitted to distributing it to other members of the conspiracy, who in turn sold it to street-level dealers.

In addition to Mendoza-Sanchez, officials said six others were charged in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and four of those conspirators were charged with the violent drug-related murder of one of the organization’s Spokane-area street-level dealers.

The organized crime drug enforcement task force case was initiated by the Spokane Police Department as a murder investigation and referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration as details of the related drug-trafficking conspiracy became known, according to officials.

Although Mendoza-Sanchez was not implicated in the murder, Senior United States District Judge William Fremming Nielsen determined that Mendoza-Sanchez’s minor role compared to other members of the conspiracy still warranted a substantial sentence.

Federal officials state the reason being the amount of methamphetamine he was charged with trafficking. He was also in possession of a firearm.


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