Portland mom who carted kids around on heroin deliveries sentenced to prison
A 31-year-old Portland mom busted last year on her way to make a suspected heroin deal -- her three kids in tow -- was sentenced on Thursday to a little more than five years in federal prison.
Maria Gonzalez-Torres, found guilty of heroin trafficking and food stamp fraud, often made drug deliveries as part of a husband-wife sales team, according to government prosecutors.
Investigators found about five ounces of heroin in her bra and more than $300 in a diaper bag. When agents searched the couple's apartment, they discovered seven bags of heroin in a Diaper Genie, four bags in a child's slipper, and a .45-caliber handgun in a hall closet, the government alleged. In all, they uncovered more than a pound of heroin and more than $84,000 in U.S. cash.
"Gonzalez-Torres admitted that she had been involved in her husband's heroin business and had not held legitimate employment for four years," the U.S. attorney's office for Oregon reported. "She explained that she received $1,100 per month in public benefits. When asked about all the cash in her apartment, she said that she and her husband were saving money to build a home in Mexico."
U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez told Gonzalez-Torres at her sentencing hearing that she would likely be deported after she serves her prison term.
Her husband, Jose Lizarraras-Chacon, faces a Feb. 25 sentencing on a drug charge conspiracy charge.