News Release
Date: July 12, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

One Year of Being on the Run Ends in 10 Year Prison Term for
Mexican National

JUL 12 -- (Washington) - Rafael Aviles-Moreno, 27, formerly of Bothell, Washington, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Aviles-Moreno is a Mexican citizen who likely will be deported following his prison term. Aviles Moreno was arrested in Las Vegas last year after a traffic stop. He had been wanted by law enforcement in Washington after fleeing from a drug deal involving more than 4 kilos of crystal methamphetamine in November 2008.

According to records filed in the case, Aviles-Moreno arranged a drug deal involving three deliveries of methamphetamine totaling more than 29 pounds. The first delivery was arranged for November 20, 2008, in the parking lot in north Seattle. After law enforcement confirmed more than four kilos of suspected crystal meth was in the trunk of one of the vehicles at the drug deal, law enforcement moved in to arrest Aviles-Moreno and his two associates. Aviles-Moreno in one car, and two associates in another, fled police at a high rate of speed. Aviles-Moreno escaped and the other two were captured. One of the associates, Carlos Villalobos, was in possession of two loaded firearms at the time of his arrest. Aviles-Moreno admitted Villalobos was acting as security for him and the drugs at the drug deal. One year later, Aviles-Moreno was arrested in Las Vegas following a traffic stop.

Aviles-Moreno pleaded guilty February 23, 2010. Aviles-Moreno has a prior conviction for drug trafficking in North Carolina in 2002. He also has two arrests for drug dealing in Phoenix in 2004. Aviles-Moreno failed to appear for court proceedings in both cases.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Seattle Police Department.