An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drug charges in a hearing on March 11. The 38-year-old man was convicted of conspiring to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, according to a press release by the federal Department of Justice. He allegedly headed a drug dealing and distribution network in the Salem area, and federal prosecutors said that the case led to a significant disruption in methamphetamine trade in the region.
The 38-year-old man was charged alongside his 33-year-old brother, also from Salem. The two men allegedly went to Los Angeles to purchase drugs and then brought them back to Oregon for sale. While they were primarily accused of drug distribution for the methamphetamine trade, federal prosecutors claimed that they were also beginning to traffic in heroin. The man’s home was raided by federal officers in 2017, where 1.2 kilograms of meth were seized along with “burner” mobile phones, a digital scale, night vision goggles and multiple firearms. Both of the men pleaded guilty; the 33-year-old awaits sentencing on March 25.
The two men are not alone; seven other people were also arrested and convicted on several drug charges related to the 2017 raid. Five men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to eight years, while one woman and one man were sentenced to time served and supervised release.
The consequences of a drug crime conviction can be severe. A defendant may face prison time, hefty fines and a felony criminal record that could inhibit opportunities for employment, housing and education in the future. Someone accused of drug offenses may turn to a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer might challenge the collection of evidence, especially in instances of police misconduct, and work to prevent a conviction.