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Leader of Seattle-based drug trafficking network sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

July 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader of Seattle-based drug trafficking network sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

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Authorities announced that the leader of an extensive drug trafficking network from a Seattle suburb has been convicted for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and is required to serve ten years behind bars.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the sentencing of 37-year-old Ediberto Asevez Santillano on Friday.

Law enforcement officials said Santillano was among 17 co-conspirators arrested back by federal agents back in 2015 with $17,000 cash and two kilos of meth at his residence in Renton, Washington.

Authorities also believe that the man had ties to drug trafficking organizations in both Mexico and California.

Related seizures of almost two dozen people were conducted throughout Western Washington involving the search warrants for 17 residences and three storage facilities.

Authorities reported that they confiscated more than 18 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of meth, six pounds of cocaine, 16 firearms, and approximately $178,000 in cash.

Eleven of the individuals who were detained have been issued sentences ranging from three to seven years in prison.

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