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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Washington

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2011

Jesse Williams, United States Attorney

Everett Resident Convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute following Two–Day Jury Trial

Mexican National Faces Mandatory Minimum Ten Years in Prison

VICTOR M. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ, 25, of Everett, Washington, was convicted this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The jury deliberated less than an hour following a two day trial. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ was arrested September 29, 2010, in Lake Forest Park, Washington, after a routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of highly pure methamphetamine in his vehicle. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison and up to life in prison when sentenced on July 8, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones.

According to records filed in the case, GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ was pulled over by a Lake Forest Park patrol officer after he failed to stop at a stop sign. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ had a suspended driver’s license, and had no car registration or proof of insurance. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license. Officers became suspicious about some of GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ’ answers and brought in a drug detecting dog. The dog alerted to various locations on the van. After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered about a pound of highly pure methamphetamine, counterfeit currency and ammunition inside the van and a backpack belonging to GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ has a prior conviction for methamphetamine possession in 2008 in Snohomish County. He was deported to Mexico following his prison term for that conviction.

The case was investigated by the Lake Forest Park Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Friedman and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Williams.