Man to serve 18 years for drug trafficking

By The Tri-City HeraldMay 13, 2014 

A convicted felon will serve 18 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs in the Tri-Cities.

Arnulfo Gomez Tejeda, 39, received the sentence for his guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Tejeda also was connected to methamphetamine, cocaine, a marijuana-growing operation and multiple firearms when investigators searched his Pasco home and vehicles.

Judge Edward Shea, at sentencing Tuesday in Richland's federal courthouse, said Tejeda must follow his prison term with 10 years on court supervision.

Tejeda had been charged with distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm and additional counts of possession with intent to distribute. Those charges were dismissed.

Special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force officers served the search warrants Jan. 4, 2013, following multiple undercover buys of drugs from Tejeda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane.

Tejeda had a number of felony convictions on his record.

Michael Ormsby said his office was able to prosecute this case because of the strong partnership between Metro Drug Task Force, the DEA and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The office "is committed to prosecuting and seeking just punishment for those who distribute drugs in our communities," Ormsby said.

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