Ellensburg extradite suspect from Hawaii for distributing drugs that killed two young men

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A suspect was extradited back to Kittitas County from Hawaii after fleeing to evade Controlled Substance Homicide charges following the drug-related deaths of two young men in the Ellensburg area.

According to a release from the Ellensburg Police Department, Jonathan Rivera-Venegas was booked into the Kittitas County Jail on January 21 for two separate counts of Controlled Substance Homicide.

Rivera-Venegas allegedly fled the state while facing charges for the overdose death of 21-year-old Sage Francoi in August 2021. Efforts from the Yakima Federal Violent Crimes Task Force and Honolulu Police Department led to his arrest in October 2021.

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There, he was served an arrest warrant for the overdose death of 16-year-old Mateo Quintero-Castano in Ellensburg.

On August 16, 2021, Quintero-Castano was found unresponsive by family members. Officers and Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue personnel responded to their home and later pronounced him dead.

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After the extradition process was completed and he was transfered back to Kittitas County, Rivera-Venegas was booked into the County Jail for two counts of Controlled Substance Homicide—a Class B Felony.

He faces several charges related to the sale and delivery of illegal drugs on top of the aforementioned felony charges, which hold a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison each.

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