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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2010

James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney

Contact: Thomas Rice, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
(509) 353-2767

Methamphetamine Dealer Gets 17.5 Years in Federal Prison

Spokane — James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that yesterday, Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez, age 34, originally from Mexico and formerly residing in Pasco, was sentenced to 210 months in prison. While it is expected that Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez will be deported from the United States, he will be under federal court supervision for the rest of his life, should he attempt to return to the United States.

Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez pleaded guilty in January 2010, to possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine. He was arrested on October 1, 2008, during the execution of over a dozen search warrants in the Tri-Cities and Spokane, involving about 200 federal, state and local law enforcement authorities. This enforcement operation capped an 18-month long investigation into a multi-year conspiracy to distribute Mexican methamphetamine into Eastern Washington and the surrounding communities. Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez was arrested as he drove away from a Pasco home with 31.86 pounds of pure methamphetamine in his vehicle. Additionally, he had a satchel containing $190,249.98 in cash. That currency, along with other cash and property, have been forfeited to the United States and will be shared with the state and local partners participating in the enforcement operation.

The Mexican based drug trafficking organization was identified to a particular family originating from the Quilar Village area of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. This organization, identified as the Zazueta-Bueno/Vaal-Lopez drug trafficking organization, has been responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine into the Spokane community since the late 1990s. Additionally, this organization distributed drugs into Northern Idaho, Portland, Oregon, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. The drug trafficking activities have spanned three generations of family members and many of the family members and their drug couriers were illegally in the United States. They have utilized multiple false identities and fraudulent social security numbers in attempts to conceal and further their illegal operations. The organization regularly put illegal aliens to work as drug couriers and threatened them and their families with harm if they cooperate with law enforcement when they were arrested.

James A. McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, This case exemplifies the tremendous cooperation our law enforcement partners exhibit. Forty six defendants were charged in this conspiracy and related cases; from the street dealers to the Mexican suppliers. Over 40 pounds of methamphetamine and over $700,000 in cash were taken off the street in this case alone.

Of the forty six defendants charged, fourteen are believed to have fled to Mexico and remain fugitives. Six defendants are pending sentencing. The following defendants have been sentenced to prison:

  • Daniel A. Flaherty, age 36, 276 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez, age 34, 210 months for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Nicholas Joseph Kloepfel, age 27, 204 months for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Toby Lee Olsen, Jr., age 40, 180 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Jeffrey Francis Matlock, age 36, 180 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Donavan James Stark, age 37, 168 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Kasey Case (Willard), age 36, 168 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Richard Reser, age 43, 168 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Todd Andrew Harpole, age 39, 160 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Donna Marie Constantineau, age 45, 135 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Sonny Joe Wiggins, age 35, 120 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Thomas Charles Collum Sr., age 49, 120 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Trinidad Fernando Ramos-Garcia, age 28, 120 months for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Warner William Slater, age 45, 120 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Alejandro Vizcarra-Milan, age 24, 108 months for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Taryn Coleman, age 26, 108 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Charles McGee, age 46, 87 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Mike Eugene Mulroy, age 51, 70 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine,
  • Jason Michael Murry, age 32, 21 months for distribution of methamphetamine,
  • Olga Marie Sandoval-Zazueta, age 22, 13 months for misprision of felony,
  • Modesta Rivas-Pena, age 45, 9 months for false Social Security number,
  • Ana Maria Zazueta-Bueno, age 44, 9 months for false Social Security number,
  • Jesus Rogelia Bueno-Fuentes, age 60, 9 months for false Social Security number,
  • Sha’lisha Lee Brough, age 22, 191 days for misprision of felony,
  • Juan Ruiz Lechuga, age 47, 6 months for misprision of felony,
  • and Rodney Dietrich, age 34, probation for misprision of felony.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tri-Cities Metro Drug Task Force, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco Police Department, the Kennewick Police Department, the Richland Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force, the Border Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S Marshal’s Service, and the Social Security Administration. These cases are being prosecuted by Stephanie Van Marter, Earl Hicks and Russ Smoot, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

10-CR-137-WFN

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