Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics

Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics

Kent man faces at least 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

Drug ring distributed heroin, fentanyl and meth in the Puget Sound region

A 26-year-old Kent man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Jorge Mondragon faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison due to the amount of heroin and methamphetamine he trafficked as part of a violent international drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine in the Puget Sound region, according to a July 22 U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Mondragon entered his plea last week in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Mondragon also illegally possessed firearms. Mondragon is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his two 2018 felony convictions in King County Superior Court for unlawfully possessing firearms.

According to the plea agreement, Mondragon was one of the conspirators involved in threatened violence over drug debts. During the investigation, Mondragon also threatened to leave one target needing a wheelchair and law enforcement had to intervene.

On July 16, 2020, in Kent, Mondragon jumped from an embankment and ran from police. He attempted to hide a stolen firearm that he had in his possession. When investigators served a search warrant at Mondragon’s residence, they found another firearm and ammunition. At Mondragon’s storage locker they located additional ammunition.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend no more than 11 years in prison for Mondragon when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on Oct. 25. However, Coughenour is not bound by the recommendation, and can sentence Mondragon up to the maximum of life in prison, according to the news release.

Law enforcement has linked the drug trafficking organization to the CJNG cartel in Mexico. In all, this drug ring was responsible for bringing more than 120 pounds of meth into the region as well as heroin, fentanyl pills and cocaine, according to the news release.

Mondragon was considered one of the trusted lieutenants of Luis Arturo Magana-Ramirez, 34, of Fife, considered the leader of the drug trafficking ring. Magana-Ramirez also pleaded guilty last week to federal drug charges and faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and up to life in prison when he is sentenced by Coughenour on Nov. 1.

Magana-Ramirez also pursued those who owed drug debts to the organization. At various times on the wiretap, federal law enforcement heard Magana-Ramirez threatening to beat or murder those who owed the organization money. In at least one instance, law enforcement moved in to protect a target of Magana-Ramirez’ threats of violence.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Tacoma Resident Office in partnership with Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team, Kent Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, SeaTac Police Department, Thurston County Narcotics Team, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File photo.
King County Council approves $5 million in funding for youth mental health

CDC statistics show increased mental health emergencies among youth during the pandemic.

(File photo)
Congressman introduces bill to discourage large investors from buying homes

Some point to large investors and private equity firms for the high cost of homes.

Senate race between Kent Democrats Kauffman, Kaur heads to recount

Kauffman leads Kaur by 65 votes for 47th District Senate seat bid against Republican Boyce

Two industry leaders take over LakePointe development in Covington

214-acre urban village to feature up to 1,750 residences, retail, office and hotel space

A map showing the expanding areas of wildfire risk in the region. Red areas indicate the greatest wildfire risk areas. (Courtesy of Washington Department of Natural Resources)
King County releases first-ever Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy

Amid expanding fire risks, the plan makes recommendations for agencies across the region.

Photo courtesy of South Sound News
Office of Law Enforcement Oversight director issues statement on behavioral health response

Calls for non-law-enforcement teams to respond to non-violent emergencies related to mental health.

Kent City Council approves $7.2M purchase of land near Clark Lake Park

Buying of 17-acre Ruth property will complete city land purchases around the lake

Abortion rights protesters fill all four corners of the intersection in front of the Everett Planned Parenthood in support of abortion rights on Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Olivia Vanni / Sound Publishing)
GOP cheered abortion ruling. Democrats responded by voting.

A swell of electoral support for Democrats pushed turnout higher in primary. Republicans look to adjust for November

Most Read