Kennewick-based drug trafficker to spend 25 years in prison, will be deported

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    KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick-based man involved in bringing large amounts drugs into the United States has been sentenced to spend 25 years in prison then will be deported, according to the Department of Justice.

    U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington said 33-year-old Jese Carillo Casillas pleaded guilty August 24 to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin, meth and cocaine, as well as conspiracy launder money.

    Casillas was sentenced to spend 25 years behind bars for the role he played in the drug conspiracy and money laundering, and will be under court supervision for five years after his prison sentence.

    According to information from court proceedings, Casillas took over operations for a drug trafficking organization back in 2015, after the man in that position was murdered.

    Authorities said Casillas’ involvement included the importation and distribution of drugs. The organization was responsible for the monthly distribution of 50 to 100 kilograms of drugs into the U.S. and Canada.

    Authorities say Casillas is not a U.S. citizen, and will be deported after he completes his sentence.

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