Two heroin dealers linked to overdose death of Salem man sentenced to federal prison

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Two of four defendants accused of distributing heroin that resulted in the 2014 heroin overdose death of a Salem man have been sentenced in federal court.

Jose Recio-Ayon, 25, was sent to federal prison for 10 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession of cocaine...

Inda-Lopez played a smaller role in the drug-trafficking chain, described as a "runner,'' who distributed the drugs on that one occasion after having only arrived in the United States from Mexico two weeks earlier, according to court statements.

The cases stemmed from the heroin overdose death of 25-year-old Brandon "Billy" Maddox, who was found dead by his pregnant girlfriend on Aug. 24, 2014 in Salem...

Before his death, Maddox had participated in a six-month drug residential treatment program in Astoria and had recently returned to Salem...

Recio-Ayon and Inda-Lopez also have immigration holds against them.

"I made a big mistake,'' Inda-Lopez told U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon. "I do want to apologize. I'm very sorry.''

Arrest warrants are out for two other co-defendants in the case.