Spokane man sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking

A Spokane man was sentenced on Friday to federal prison for drug trafficking.

A judge sentenced 35-year-old Justin Mark Mullenix to 17 years in prison, with an additional 5 years of probation for conspiracy to distribute over 500 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Mullenix, who was a member of the Sureno criminal street gang, previously served time for shooting at a person he believed to be a police informant during a drug deal.

Following his release from prison, and while he was still on probation, investigators learned Mullenix had continued heroin and methamphetamine trafficking with other Sureno gang members.

During his sentencing, the judge noted Mullenix’s several other convictions for assault and drug trafficking.

“This case is a prime example why the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington continues to prioritize prosecution of gang-related drug trafficking,” said United States Attorney William Hyslop.

“I commend the outstanding work of the law enforcement officers with the Spokane Police Department, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area who investigated this case. Their seamless partnership resulted in the removal of a recidivist drug trafficker from our community.”