YAKIMA - Two Sunnyside men were sentenced to prison time yesterday in U.S. District Court in Yakima for their role in a drug buy gone wrong in Toppenish last summer.
Alvin Guajardo, 28, pled guilty on Nov. 25, 2008 to conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and two counts of assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and will spend five years on supervision once he is released.
David Arias, 21, pled guilty on Nov. 25, too, to possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to five years in prison and will spend five years on supervision once he is released as well.
Both Guajardo and Arias, along with another man, were arrested June 26, 2008 in Toppenish when they tried to sell drugs to undercover agents. Once Guajardo discovered the buy was a set-up he sped off in his vehicle, hitting several other vehicles in the process.
When Guajardo turned the vehicle towards two officers, police opened fire, hitting Guajardo several times.
Approximately one-half pound of methamphetamine was recovered in the incident.