Eastern Washington drug trafficker forced into retirement after third conviction

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YAKIMA, Wash. — A 53-year-old man from Ephrata has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that spanned Eastern Washington and put dangerous narcotics back into the community.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, Reymundo Garcia will spend 135 months in prison after pleading guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Garcia, a felon who was already convicted of drug trafficking and gun possession in the past, had a “forced retirement” imposed by the Judge who sentenced him. As part of the agreement, Garcia relinquished any interest in his ranch, which was used to facilitate drug trafficking activities.

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“By using his residence to facilitate drug trafficking and his prior offenses, Mr. Garcia has shown that his criminal activity is part of a long-term lifestyle,” said Donald M. Voiret, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle Field Office.  “The FBI commends the work of our investigating and prosecuting partners to protect our neighborhoods for law-abiding citizens and remove these dangerous drugs from our communities.”

Operating out of the Tri-Cities, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force seized several pounds of meth, hundreds of fentanyl,-laced pills, heroin, stolen guns, and ammunition during their investigation.

Court documents show that selling drugs across Eastern Washington has been Garcia’s primary way of life and means of supporting himself for a long time.

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