Seattle man gets 10 years for heroin distribution after prior drug convictions

A 31-year-old Seattle man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison for distributing large quantities of heroin throughout the state.

Juan Gabriel Rumbo Rosas was the subject of two unrelated investigations – one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington, according to the news release. Both cases were consolidated for the trial. The defendant also has an extensive history of prior drug arrests.

According to court records, he made four sales of heroin to an informant or to undercover police officers in 2008 and 2009 in Eastern Washington.

In July of last year, he came to the attention of law enforcement during a methamphetamine trafficking sting in Western Washington. The target of that investigation indicated that he could also get large quantities of heroin from a source that turned out to be Rosas. Both men were arrested after delivering a large quantity of heroin to a police informant in August of last year. More than 750 grams of heroin and $2250 in cash were seized at Rosas’ home.

In asking for a lengthy prison term, federal prosecuting attorney Vince Lombardi wrote to the court that this was the defendant’s "fifth controlled substance conviction." Lombardi noted that after a number of those convictions, Rosas was deported to Mexico. In each case, he returned and re-offended.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the mandatory minimum sentence. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Auburn Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.