News Release
March 10, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Tacoma Man Convicted in Large Heroin Bust
Over 48 Pounds of Heroin Seized in Tacoma Home

MAR 10 -- (Seattle) - DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that following a three day trial, a federal jury found Alfonso Ibanez-Martinez, guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Ibanez-Martinez will be sentenced on June 8, 2009 and is facing a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison and up to life in prison due to the large amounts of heroin involved.

During January and February 2007, Ibanez-Martinez provided drugs to a co-conspirator who then sold the drugs to law enforcement. On March 1, 2007, Ibanez-Martinez was arrested at the scene of his fourth drug sale. Subsequently, law enforcement searched Ibanez-Martinez’ home and car and located more than 46 pounds of heroin in plain view, within plumbing fixtures and inside secret compartments. Inside the home officers found packaging materials and scales used in the drug trade. The amount of heroin seized in this case surpassed any previous case in Tacoma.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tacoma Police Department.