Mabton man sentenced for meth trafficking and child pornography

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Mabton man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for the distribution of methamphetamines and for possessing a large collection of child pornography.

On June 3rd the United State District Court Judge, Salvador Mendoza Jr., sentenced 47-year-old noncitizen Jimenez Alanis after he pled guilty earlier this year.

Judge Mendoza also ordered Alanis to serve five years of federal supervision after his release from prison, however due to current United States laws, it’s highly likely that Alanis will be removed from the United States after his release from prison custody.

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Alanis was found to be a source of methamphetamine in pound level quantities in drug trafficking operations operating out of Mexico, according to disclosed court documents and proceedings.

It was a DEA Tri-Cities operation that led to Alanis’s initial arrest. Alanis was in the midst of delivering four pounds of methamphetamine at the time of the operation, according to officials.

A search warrant of Alanis’s home found more methamphetamine, several firearms, and evidence of drug trafficking.

Officials seized Alanis’s cell phone at this time and found thousands of images and videos of children being sexually abused, tortured, and violated. Further investigations found a troubling collection on his device of prepubescent children who were the same age as Alanis’s own children.

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“The wide scope of Mr. Alanis’ criminal conduct is staggering,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. “This case involved both large-scale methamphetamine dealing as well as downloading and collecting thousands of crime scene photos of minors being sexually abused.”

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative led by the United State Department of Justice aimed at combatting child sexual exploitation and abuse. The case was investigated by several agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, including: DEA Seattle Field Division, Tri-Cities Resident Office, United States Customs and Border Protection, METRO Drug Task Force, the Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco Police Departments, Homeland Security Investigations, and the ICAC Task Force.

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