Prolific Multi-Kilo Meth, Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years
April 16 – (Seattle, WA)-- A Mexican national who had been previously convicted and deported for drug trafficking, was sentenced April 13, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Juvenal Sanchez-Islas, 33, of Centralia, Washington, pled guilty in the midst of trial in November 2011.
Juvenal Sanchez-Islas came to the attention of law enforcement as the source of supply to other drug traffickers previously prosecuted in the Western District of Washington. In February 2010, Sanchez-Islas provided methamphetamine that was later sold to an undercover Seattle Police Officer outside an Azteca restaurant in South King County. Later that month, law enforcement arrested Sanchez-Islas and another man outside a South King County apartment associated with Sanchez-Islas. The pair had four kilos of heroin with them, and inside the apartment, law enforcement found significant amounts of both cocaine and methamphetamine. A search of the apartment and Sanchez-Islas Centralia home turned up a firearm and ammunition bearing his fingerprints.
Other defendants associated with this investigation have already been convicted and sentenced. In February 2011, Marisol Perez-Almonte, 28, of Renton, Washington, and Joan Luis Azamar-Sanchez, 31, of Seattle, Washington, were each sentenced to 10 year prison terms. In May 2011, Ruben Ramirez-Ventura, 26, of Renton, Washington was also sentenced to a ten year term.
In asking for a 17 year sentence, prosecutors noted that Sanchez-Islas had attempted to obstruct justice by pressuring those who might testify at trial. Sanchez-Islas is “a career drug trafficker who had easy access to large amounts of narcotics, cash, and firearms. Not only was Defendant able to procure 120 grams of methamphetamine for Azamar-Sanchez on just a few hours’ notice, but he was arrested just two weeks later in the presence of a significant amount of heroin worth approximately $160,000, trying to enter an apartment that contained even more methamphetamine, as well as 700 grams of cocaine worth approximately $42,000.00,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Seattle Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).