Wednesday, January 22, 2014
OKANOGAN An Omak man pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of identity theft, attempted alien in possession of a firearm and money laundering.
Marcelino Corrales, 47, was charged last summer after the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies raided his store, La Espiga De Oro Market, 201 S. First Ave., Okanogan. The store has since closed.
Also arrested were Okanogan resident Alberto Montejano-Rangel, 31, and Bridgeport resident Rodrigo Taizan-Rodriguez, 26. Another person, Okanogan resident Annie L. Scroggins, 41, was arrested on related charges.
Corrales admitted delivering controlled substances between May 12, 2011, and June 28, 2012, court records said. The identity theft occurred Feb. 10, 2012.
The firearm and laundering charges occurred June 27, 2013.
Seven other charges and enhancements were dismissed by Okanogan County Superior Court.
He was sentenced to 120 months in prison.
Police seized several pounds of drugs and more than $74,000 in cash. Investigators with the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force worked on the case for two years, Sheriff Frank Rogers said.
Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan said cocaine, methamphetamine, and what is believed to be heroin were seized from Taizan-Rodriguez.
The investigation began in 2011 at La Espiga De Oro Market. During the investigation, task force detectives allegedly purchased more than $18,000 worth of cocaine from the suspects, and also purchased or seized more than 2.5 pounds of cocaine and a pound of marijuana.
A probable cause statement for Corrales alleged a confidential informant told an investigator Corrales had said the business was a front and was used to launder money.
The informant allegedly was told couriers would drive to California to pick up cocaine and then transport it to Okanogan.
Law enforcement officers from the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force, Sheriff’s Office, Border Patrol and federal Drug Enforcement Agency served three search warrants June 27. K-9 units from the Sheriff’s Office and Border Patrol also were involved.
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