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Utah hotel settles case with immigration officials

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An upscale hotel chain has agreed to pay about $2 million to settle allegations that 43 Utah employees working in the country illegally had returned to work after they were flagged by an immigration audit and fired, according to federal authorities...

...43 workers returned to their jobs within days using false names and documents...

The employees were hired before the hotel used the federal E-Verify system to check the eligibility of its workers, authorities said.

The U.S. attorney's office said that while the hotel and its executives helped...

Oregonians are affected by criminal invasion

The current ongoing immigration surge, call it an invasion, across the United States of America’s border with Mexico by persons who have illegally entered the country is really old news revisited to those who have been victimized of foreign national criminals in Oregon.

An unpublished July 1, 2014 report from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated there were 1,099 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system...

What follows is a list of 15 Oregon counties whose County Circuit Courts adjudicated cases that sent the most criminal...

Big illegal marijuana garden busted in forest outside Ashland
Federal authorities and local police have snuffed out a roughly 5,000-plant marijuana grow about six miles south of Ashland in the Neil Creek drainage.
Mail Tribune

Federal authorities and local police have snuffed out a roughly 5,000-plant marijuana grow about six miles south of Ashland in the Neil Creek drainage.

A U.S. Forest Service employee discovered the massive growing operation while hunting in January, according to a complaint filed Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court of Medford.

Humberto Salgado-Salgado, 36, and Juan Albert Lopez-Moroyoqui, 50, two alleged illegal immigrants from Mexico, were arrested at the grow site when the Jackson County Sheriff's Department SWAT team raided the area on Aug. 18, the complaint states.

Man guilty of delivering heroin that killed Keizer woman
Statesman Journal

A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to the delivery of heroin that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Laurin Putnam, of Keizer.

Sergio Quezada-Lopez, of Mexico, appeared before a U.S. District Judge Monday and entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin that resulted in death, according to the Department of Justice.

Quezada-Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1. The maximum sentence is life in prison and there is a mandatory minimum of 20 years.

Putnam's father Ron said after his daughter's death that he would see things through until the end. Now...

Linn County detectives find large marijuana grow
Lebanon Express

At 10 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2014 Linn County Detectives arrested Louis Alfonso Arellano-Arellano, 47, of Yakima, Wash., while he was tending to a large scale marijuana grow operation, according to a news release from Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley.

The grow operation was located on private timber land owned by Weyerhaeuser Company Inc. in the Lacomb area.

Detectives determined Arellano-Arellano was living in and tending to the marijuana grow site. This large marijuana growing operation caused damage to the surrounding land and to the local streams by the cutting of small trees...

Transport of nearly $1 million worth of meth lands Canby man 17+ years in prison

Omar Martinez Rodriguez showed such little sophistication in drug trafficking that he stuffed 22 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $1 million into two coolers for the road trip from California to Oregon, his lawyers said.

...Martinez Rodriguez was just a bit player – a courier, not a kingpin.

...sentencing him to more than 17 years in prison. The federal judge said he believed Martinez Rodriguez was planning to sell the meth – some 40,000 doses worth, according to prosecutors.

"You didn't have a chance to capitalize on it, and that's the only thing that saved...

Man with memorable tattoo gets 3 years for sex crime
East Oregonian

A former Irrigon man who evaded justice for 12 years is going to prison for three years for a sex crime.

Court records show Martin Estrada, also known as Juan Manuel Virelas-Martinez, pleaded guilty June 19 to one count of second-degree sodomy.

Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said Oregon State Police investigated Estrada in August 2002 for sex crimes in Irrigon. Police found Estrada received oral sex from a girl who passed herself off as 15 when she was a 13-year-old runaway living with him in his trailer. Detectives interviewed Estrada and arrested him Aug. 29...

Drug dog find 50 pounds of cocaine in vehicle following traffic stop

A Canadian man has been arrested on suspicion of transporting cocaine.

Charles Taesung Pak, 28 of Vancouver, B.C., was pulled over... driving a rental car and did not answer basic questions.

...they called in Nikko, a drug dog..., finding 50 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs have a street value in the United States of $420,000...


Previously deported sex-crime felon re-arrested in Wilsonville

WILSONVILLE -- A Mexican national deported in 2012 after serving a prison sentence for felony sex crimes was re-arrested in Wilsonville Thursday.

Victor Ozuna Bernal, 35, was booked into the Clackamas County Jail and later was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

...Ozuna Bernal – previously had been deported.

...was convicted in Nebraska in 2007 for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. He served a five-year prison sentence and was deported to Mexico... in Woodburn for the past year.

Two men admit using counterfeit credit cards in Washington County, Portland

Summary: Two suspects arrested last December after allegedly using counterfeit credit cards in Washington County and other locations have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland....

Sentence: Zhao and Zou were each sentenced to six months in federal custody, followed by three years of supervised release. Zhao was ordered to pay restitution of $12,211.67 and a special assessment fee of $100. Zou was ordered to pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined and a special assessment fee of $100.

NOTE:  Both suspects have ICE holds