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Man from Sunnyside Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Distribution of Meth

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SUNNYSIDE, WA - Jorge Mendoza-Sanchez of Sunnyside, Washington, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for his role as a drug courier and distributor in a large-scale methamphetamine-trafficking conspiracy.

Mendoza-Sanchez admitted to regularly transporting pounds of methamphetamine from California to Spokane and distributing it to other members of the conspiracy, who in turn sold it to street-level dealers.

In addition to Mendoza-Sanchez, six others were charged in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and four of those conspirators were charged with the violent drug-related murder of one of the organization's Spokane-area street-level dealers.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case was initiated by Spokane Police Department as a murder investigation and referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration as details of the related drug-trafficking conspiracy became known.

Although Mendoza-Sanchez was not implicated in the murder, Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen determined that despite Mendoza-Sanchez's minor role compared to other members of the conspiracy, the amount of methamphetamine and Mendoza-Sanchez's possession of a firearm justified a substantial sentence.