News Release
June 17, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Renton Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Cocaine Trafficking

JUN 17 -- (Seattle) –– DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas announced that on June 11, 2010, Florencio Villa-Cruz, aka Rodolfo Salas-Zarate, 27, was sentenced to ten years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Villa-Cruz is a Mexican citizen who likely will be deported following his prison sentence.

According to records filed in the case, in 1999, Villa Cruz was sentenced to four months in jail in Snohomish County for conspiracy to deliver cocaine. Villa-Cruz was deported following the prison term. In September 2007 and again in August 2009, Villa-Cruz was indicted as part of an investigation of a large drug smuggling ring. At the time of his arrest, agents found more than a kilogram of cocaine, a large quantity of highly pure methamphetamine, and more than $50,000 cash in his Renton apartment and more than $6,000 cash from his other residence.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Seattle Police Department.