News Release
September 8, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Meth Dealer Nets Over 20 Years In Prison

SEP 8 -- (Yakima, WA) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin and United States Attorney for Eastern District of Washington James A. McDevitt, announced that on September 5, 2008, Jose Luis Manzo, age 32, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced to 292 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine and conspiring to possess pseudo-ephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. The court ordered Manzo to forfeit $301,110.

The lengthy investigation involved Jose Luis Manzo and other members of the Manzo Drug Trafficking Organization. The organization was a large-scale distributor of methamphetamine in the Yakima area, which was headed by Manzo’s brother, Jesus Manzo. Jesus Manzo is set for sentencing in October 2008.

In February 2007, Jose Luis Manzo delivered ½ pound of methamphetamine. In April 2007, Manzo organized an attempted purchase of 86 cases of pseudo-ephedrine, a key precursor ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The quantity was enough to produce 80 to 140 pounds of the drug. Manzo was subsequently arrested and was found to have $301,110.00 in United States Currency. At the time, Manzo was under federal court supervision for a bulk cash smuggling conviction in the Western District of Washington. That conviction was the result of Manzo and a relative previously attempting to transport over $140,000 in United States Currency into Canada near Blaine, Washington.

The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with the assistance from the Yakima City/County Narcotics Unit, Washington State Patrol and Oregon State Police.