News Release
Date: November 29, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Two Time Drug Felon Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison
‘Arctic Chill’ Member Arrested with 7 lbs of Highly Pure Meth

NOV 29 -- (Seattle) – Juan Antonio Trejo-Perez, of Elma, Washington, was sentenced on November 19, 2010 to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. Trejo-Perez was arrested in June 2009, in Operation ‘Arctic Chill’. The investigation was named 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. Trejo-Perez pleaded guilty April 26, 2010.

According to records filed in the case, in early June 2009, law enforcement purchased methamphetamine from Trejo-Perez. Days later, an undercover was directed to Trejo-Perez’s Elma residence where approximately seven pounds of methamphetamine was observed. Trejo-Perez was then arrested and law enforcement seized over seven pounds of methamphetamine. In all, 26 members of the conspiracy were arrested and have all pleaded guilty to a variety of drug distribution, gun, or money laundering crimes.

Trejo-Perez has two prior felony drug convictions in Mason County Superior Court for possession of methamphetamine (2002) and delivery of methamphetamine (2007).

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 Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), 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.