Feds: Yakima drug trafficker sentenced to 10 years in prison

DEPT. OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE -- Jose Antonio Naranjo-Lozano, 24, of Yakima, was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, according to the Department of Justice. United States District Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Naranjo-Lozano to a ten year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

In July 2012, a complaint was filed alleging that Naranjo-Lozano and a codefendant had attempted to sell five pounds of methamphetamine to undercover DEA agents. As detailed in the complaint, Naranjo-Lozano and the codefendant arrived at the location for the drug sale with the bulk of the methamphetamine hidden in an electrically operated secret compartment located in their vehicle. Naranjo-Lozano later pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine.

Michael C. Ormsby said, "This case involved a significant amount of methamphetamine that the Defendant intended to distribute on the streets of Yakima. The seriousness of this crime is reflected by the ten year sentenced imposed by the judge. The DEA is committed to continue its aggressive investigative efforts to keep methamphetamine and other dangerous illegal drugs off the streets. The United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Washington is similarly committed to aggressively prosecute such crimes. "

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.