Vancouver man gets 8 years in meth case

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A 26-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to eight years in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.

According to a news release from the regional U.S. Attorney’s Office, investigators searching the Vancouver home of Jose Arreola-Reyes on June 2, 2011, found a quarter-kilogram of pure methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm caliber Beretta semi-automatic pistol.

Arreola-Reyes pleaded guilty on Jan. 26. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle.

Arreola-Reyes has prior convictions for domestic violence as well as illegally re-entering the U.S. following deportation. He likely will be deported to his home country of Mexico following his eight-year prison term.

The news release described Arreola-Reyes as a member of the violent Surenos street gang. The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.