SJ man faces two years for second drug trafficking conviction

A San Juan Island man faces two years in prison following his most recent drug trafficking conviction.

According to court documents, prosecutors will recommend that Raul Vallejano, Jr. serve 24 months in prison and pay $2,500 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing slated for Nov. 30.

On Nov. 9, Vallejano, Jr., 25, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance, heroin, with intent to deliver, a Class B felony that carries maximum penalties for a repeat offender of 20 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both. A charge of possession of cocaine was dismissed.

In 2009, Vallejano, Jr. was ordered to serve one year in prison and to pay nearly $4,000 in fines and fees after pleading guilty to three drug trafficking charges, two counts of delivery of cocaine and another involving heroin. He had been a San Juan Island resident for about five years at the time of that conviction.

Sheriff's deputies took the 25-year-old into custody in the early morning hours of July 15 following a search of the cabin in which he lived on De Haro Lane.

Officers reportedly seized nearly three ounces of heroin, six grams of cocaine and an assortment of scales, packaging materials and paraphernalia at the time of the arrest.

Vallejano's drug trafficking conviction is the second involving heroin in the islands in the last six months. In mid-May, 18-year-old Christopher Faylor pleaded guilty to four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, three of which involved a sale of one gram of cocaine and the other the sale of about a gram of heroin. Faylor, a senior at Friday Harbor High School at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody at the school in early January.

— Scott Rasmussen


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