SPOKANE, WA – A 39-year-old Pasco man will be spending the next 18 years in federal prison for heroin trafficking.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Arnulfo Gomez Tejeda after he previously pleaded guilty in September 2013 to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Senior United States District Court Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Tejeda to an 18 year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 10 year term of court supervision upon release from prison.
According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, in December of 2012, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and officers with the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force made multiple purchases of controlled substances from Tejeda. On January 4, 2013, law enforcement officers executed search warrants on Tejeda’s vehicles and at his residence in Pasco.
The officers discovered methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and a marijuana growing operation, as well as multiple firearms. Tejeda has multiple felony convictions.