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Drug Trafficker from California Sentenced To Over Six Years in Federal Prison in Oregon

Drug Trafficker from California Sentenced To Over Six Years in Federal Prison in Oregon

A drug trafficker from Southern California was sentenced to federal prison this week, as announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

39-year-old Pedro Keny Verganza from Los Angeles County, California, has been sentenced to 75 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

In December 2019, investigators from the Albany Police Department were informed that an individual known as “Pelucha” was the supplier of illegal narcotics being transported by a drug trafficking organization from California to Oregon for sale and redistribution.

A more thorough examination revealed that in mid-February 2020, a courier working with or on Pelucha’s behalf was scheduled to visit a fast-food restaurant in Albany, Oregon, to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

On February 15, 2020, law enforcement officers spotted the courier. They spotted Verganza arriving at the fast-food joint with another individual.

Law enforcement discovered a cardboard box in their vehicle which contained three large heat-sealed and shrink-wrapped packages with approximately three and a quarter pounds of methamphetamine and two and a quarter pounds of heroin, as stated in a release.

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Afterward, lab tests showed the man’s fingerprints and palm prints inside the box and on the packages of narcotics.

Verganza faced federal charges in a criminal complaint filed on February 16, 2020. He faces charges for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. In August 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene indicted him on the same charge. An individual faces a charge of possessing heroin with intent to distribute as per a superseding indictment. In October 2023, he was convicted on both counts.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in collaboration with the Albany Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Adam E. Delph and John C. Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon handled the case.

There is a significant amount of fentanyl in Oregon as a prison sentence is handed down.

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