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Drug charge dropped against Washington tribal police officer

November 4, 2019

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal drug charge against a former Yakama Nation police officer has been dismissed, while his sentencing for a child pornography conviction has been rescheduled.

The Yakima Herald reports 39-year-old Lorenzo Elias Mendez was charged with one count of possessing more than 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

A U.S. district judge has issued an order granting a motion by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charge without prejudice. The charge cannot be filed again.

Mendez had pleaded not guilty.

Mendez was convicted in August of one count of attempted production of child pornography.

His sentencing was set for Friday, but the hearing has been rescheduled for Jan. 7.

Mendez was fired from his job as a tribal police officer after he was indicted in June 2018.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com