San Juan man gets three years for 2nd felony drug conviction
By SCOTT RASMUSSEN
Journal of the San Juans Editor
December 26, 2012 · Updated 1:26 PM
Prosecutors had asked for a two-year prison term. The judge gave him three instead.
Convicted of drug trafficking for the second time in three years, Raul Vallejano, Jr. was ordered to serve three years in prison in a sentence handed down Nov. 30 in San Juan County Superior Court by Judge Don Eaton. He was also ordered to pay $1,950 in fines and fees, and credited with having served two days of the three-year prison term.
Earlier in the month, Vallejano, Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, heroin, with intent to deliver, the second time in three years that the 25-year-old had been convicted of a felony drug trafficking crime.
He was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in fines and fees after pleading guilty in 2009 to three drug trafficking crimes, which included two counts of delivery of cocaine and another involving heroin. He had been a San Juan Island resident for about five years at that time.
A Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, carries maximum penalties of 20 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both, for a repeat offender, according to state sentencing standards.
Vallejano, Jr., was taken 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. He was on probation and under supervision of the state Department of Corrections at the time.
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.
A senior at Friday Harbor High School at the time of his arrest, Faylor was taken into custody at the school in early January.
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