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Illegal Alien Gets 15 Years on Meth Charges
Had Been Deported, But Returned
From KTVZ.COM News Sources

MEDFORD, Ore. -- An illegal alien who was deported back to Mexico for trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine -- but returned and did it again, until a Highway 97 traffic stop -- has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison, prosecutors said Monday.

Omar Cuevas-Vasquez, 34, from Michoacan, Mexico was sentenced to federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it and illegally reentering the country.

Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Cuevas- Vasquez to 188 months in prison for the drug trafficking offense and 120...

Official: 49 bodies left on Mexico highway
Associated Press

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what appears to be the latest blow in an escalating war of intimidation among drug gangs.

Mexico's organized crime groups often abandon multiple bodies in public places as warnings to their rivals, and authorities said at least a few of the recent victims had tattoos of the Santa Muerte cult popular among drug traffickers. But Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza said he did not rule...

Fifteen arrested in multi-agency drug sweep
Mail Tribune

Approximately 90 city, state and federal police officers swarmed across the Rogue Valley Thursday in one of the largest methamphetamine busts in recent history.

Fifteen people were lodged in the Jackson County Jail on felony drug charges as part of Operation Clear Green, which focused on a group responsible for selling pounds of meth per week, Medford police Lt. Brett Johnson said.

A yearlong investigation into the group turned up enough evidence for eight search warrants served in Medford, Eagle Point, White City and Central Point on Thursday, Johnson said.

"We've...

Teen who caused flight ruckus back to face charges for Ashland incident
Mail Tribune

A19-year-old Saudi Arabian who allegedly rammed two police cars in February, then was arrested for causing a disturbance on a plane in Portland two days later, is back in Jackson County to face local charges after pleading guilty to the federal charge of interfering with a flight crew.

Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, where District Judge Marco Hernandez sentenced Abunayyan to time served and ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

Jail records in Multnomah and Jackson counties indicate Abunayyan was released in Portland Friday...

Five charged with heroin dealing in death of former West Salem High School student
StatesmanJournal.com

Five Mexican citizens today face heroin distribution charges that resulted in the April 16 death of a Keizer woman, federal prosecutors announced late this morning.

The five: Sergio Quezada Lopez, 33, Braulio Acosta Mendoza, 34, Jose Romo Gonzalez, 22, Jose Aldan Soto, 30, and Julian Hernandez Castillo, 31.

All five defendants are citizens of Mexico and are currently the subjects of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers on their custody status.

Lopez is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Acosta today at 1:30 p.m. in federal court in Portland...

McMinnville couple stabbed multiple times by son during domestic argument on Friday Night
McMinnville Police Dept.

On 04/27/2012 at approximately 8:36PM McMinnville Police were dispatched to 1609 SW Fellows St regarding a seriously injured male. Upon arrival it was quickly determined that the male had been stabbed multiple times. His wife had also been stabbed multiple times.

The male victim, Onorio Bravo Mojica (age 55) was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The female victim, Tomasa Cruz Leal (age 49) was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was identified as their 29 year old son, Martin Mojica Penaloza...

Three convicted of Linn murder
Albany Democrat-Herald

The three men accused in the killing of Jose Felipe Hernandez-Leiva were found guilty of murder Tuesday afternoon in Linn Circuit Judge Carol Bispham’s courtroom.

Edgar Hernandez-Mendoza, 25, Abiu Antonio Padilla, 38, and Jose Juarez-Alvarez, 30, beat Leiva to death during a drunken argument April 30, 2011, at an apartment within a warehouse in Harrisburg where they all lived while working together picking salal.

The jury began its deliberations about 2:30 Monday afternoon and recessed at 6 that night. It met at 9 a.m. Tuesday and returned with its decision about 3:30 p.m....

Oregon, Multnomah County, Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland versus Arizona SB 1070
Statesman Journal (Salem OR)

When the State of Oregon, Multnomah County, Cities of Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland filed amicus briefs in support of the United States federal government’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona over an Arizona law SB 1070, a case that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, most Oregonians with any common sense would naturally ask the following question: What do the internal affairs of Arizona have to do with the state, a county and three cites?

Answering the question, the Attorney General of Oregon, the Multnomah County commissioners, the mayors and city councils/...

US counters drug smugglers in Mexican newspapers
associated press - pantagraph.com

The war on drugs is going to the classified sections of Mexican newspapers.

Smugglers have long advertised work as security guards, house cleaners and cashiers, telling applicants they must drive company cars to the United States. They aren't told the cars are loaded with drugs.

Starting this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement began buying ad space in Tijuana newspapers to warn job seekers they might be unwitting pawns.

"Why don't we do the same thing that (cartels are) doing? It's successful for them. Why wouldn't it be successful for us?"...

Illicit drug deaths up 20 percent in state
Statesman Journal

Oregon State Police had the most drug seizures in the agency’s history last year. But deaths caused by illicit drugs spiked during the same period, killing 240 people statewide.

The 2011 death toll from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or a combination of them was up from 200 the year before, according to state statistics.

The dramatic increase in deaths tied to illegal drugs was reported Thursday by the state medical examiner, the same day state police reported a record-setting number of drug confiscations.

“The sharp rise in illicit drug deaths in just one year is...

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