An investigation that began in 2018 has ended with a drug trafficker in Oregon being sentenced to 11 years in prison. The police started investigating two years ago when they learned about an organization that was exchanging cash and weapons for methamphetamine with a source in Mexico. They conducted a sting operation where they bought 3 pounds of meth and spoke with the head of the organization directly. He openly talked about his associates and admitted to selling thousands of dollars worth of meth across the country.
In October 2019, the head of the organization was arrested, as well as four of his co-conspirators, on drug charges. Three of these men remain in police custody while a fourth has been released before his trial. The police seized massive quantities of meth and heroin, as well as firearms and tens of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency. The head of the organization has been ordered to forfeit his cash and firearms.
Once he serves his time in prison, the individual will have five years of supervised release. The organization had trafficked drugs to cities across the country, including New York, Seattle, and various West Coast cities.
No matter the case, all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Someone who finds themselves faced with drug charges may wish to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Legal counsel could potentially get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Working with an attorney, a defendant might be able to negotiate for a shorter sentence or a smaller fine.