William O. Douglas Courthouse courtroom

William O. Douglas Courtroom, Yakima (Library of Congress)

YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Wednesday on charges of distributing methamphetamine and illegally having a handgun.

Daniel Rodriguez-Santos, 38, was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury in May on charges of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Yakima police officers searched Rodriguez-Santos’ home in 2018 and found what was described in court papers as “50 grams or more” of methamphetamine and a .380-caliber pistol and ammunition in his bedroom closet.

In a memorandum filed with the court, Rodriguez-Santos’ attorney said that his client would be deported once his prison sentence was completed. Along with the prison sentence, Judge Sal Mendoza ordered Rodriguez-Santos to not come back to the United States without permission from the U.S. Attorney General’s office as part of the five-year court supervision.

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