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35 arrested in connection with Lane County drug ring

A total of 35 people have been charged, including a ring leader, Williams said.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 4:09 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 4:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Dozens of alleged members of a major international drug ring have been arrested, and according to officials, the organization is based in Lane County.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams made the announcement on Thursday.

A total of 35 people have been charged, including a ring leader, Williams said. The ring is believed to have been distributing drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl from Mexico in Oregon between 2018 and 2020.

Victor Diaz-Ramirez, 30, who was living in Mexico, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute meth. Williams said this is part of the much larger investigation.

According to investigators, the drugs were transported from California to Oregon hidden in vehicles and then distributed throughout Oregon from a distribution cell in Lane County. The drugs allegedly made their way to local distributors in Eugene, Springfield and Salem. 

A total of 260 pounds of meth, 16 pounds of heroin, 6 pounds of fentanyl, 76 firearms, 1 grenade, multiple vehicles, and more than $760,000 in cash was seized as part of the investigating.

The following people have been arrested as members and associates of the ring and prosecuted with drug related charges: Victor Diaz-Ramirez, 30; Rodolfo Arroyo-Segoviano, 34; Jose Manuel Cabadas, 36; Nicholas A. Norton-Guerra, 30; Arturo Gonzalez Jr., 22; Jose Cruz Granados Munoz, 33; Robert Harrington, 40; Gregory Todd Daily, 57; Austin Wayne Reinke, 34; Shelby Lynn Mathews, 30; Javin Michael Loomis, 42; William Joseph Hawkins, 42; Randy Allen Hendricks, 59; Vernon Eli Reece, 58; Alejandro Augustin Cardenas, 43; Spencer Arthur Crawford, 36; Anthony Robert Andreotti, 43; Isidro Mateo-Olivera, 32; Andres Santacruz, 40; Yasmani Diaz Iturbe, 35; Artemio Lorea Carrillo, 47; Alejandro Lara, 27; Karine Garabedian, 36; Tamara Gonzalez-Valdivia, 24; Andres Avila Gamboa, 29; Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza, 33; Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, 36; Delfino Angel Davila-Tamayo, 27; Cristina Maria Elizabeth Fregoso, 36; Jose Leonidas Gonzalez-Castillo, 52; Felipe Antonio Rapalo, 31; Eddy Eduardo Rapalo, 24; Gustavo Arango-Moreno, 29; and Victor Ramos-Vergara, 32.

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