A Sunnyside man busted with 250 grams of methamphetamine will spend 141/2 years in federal prison.
Trinidad Jesus Suarez, 26, was sentenced Wednesday by Senior Judge Ed Shea in Richland's U.S. District Court.
Officers with the Yakima County Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force made multiple purchases of narcotics from Suarez in October 2012. The following month, Suarez's vehicles and known residences were searched and Suarez was arrested after officers found the large quantity of meth at his girlfriend's home.
Suarez has multiple prior felony drug convictions. He pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to one count of possession with intent to distribute meth.
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Task force officers were assisted by Sunnyside and Grandview police, Yakima County sheriff's deputies, and federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby credited law enforcement for their work to "root out the scourge of drug trafficking" in Eastern Washington.