News Release
Date: October 15, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Operation Arctic Chill’ Leader to Spend over 12 Years in Prison

OCT 15 -- (Seattle)- Martin Oseguera-Chavez, 51, a Mexican National with residences in Kirkland and Yelm, Washington, was sentenced October 13 th in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 150 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  Oseguera-Chavez is a Mexican citizen who likely will be deported following his prison term. Oseguera-Chavez was the leader of a group distributing significant quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine.  The investigation was dubbed “Operation Arctic Chill,” because the conspirators were distributing significant quantities of highly pure methamphetamine known as “Ice” in the South Sound and Southwest Washington areas. 

“Today’s sentencing reflects the cooperation between DEA and its fellow law enforcement counterparts pulling resources together to protect and serve our communities here in Washington and throughout the nation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul Schmidt.

In May 2010, Oseguera-Chavez pleaded guilty and admitted to distributing cocaine and methamphetamine that was transported from Mexico to Western Washington.  Oseguera-Chavez went to California to pick up the drugs or sent others to pick them up.  The investigation in the spring of 2009, revealed Oseguera-Chavez making numerous drug deals to bring large quantities of cocaine and meth to Western Washington inside hidden compartments in various cars. 

In total, 26 members of the conspiracy were arrested in late June 2009, and all since pleaded guilty to a variety of drug distribution, gun or money laundering crimes.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The investigation was conducted by the following agencies: The Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tacoma, Auburn, Bonney Lake, Centralia, Puyallup and Federal Way Police Departments, Gray’s Harbor Task Force, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, South Snohomish Drug Task Force, Washington Department of Corrections, and the Washington State Patrol.