Drug Bust Biggest Ever in Corvallis, Oregon
Working with several other agencies, Corvallis Police busted a drug ring Tuesday that they say supplied many pounds of meth and cocaine to the mid-valley each week. Police anticipate that the amount of drugs being moved dwarfed anything the city has ever seen.
[Captain Jonathan M. Sassaman of the Corvallis Police Department] says the investigation revealed that “La Poderosa Mexican Store” located at 1411 NW 9th Street in Corvallis, “Gregorios Auto Body” located at 4079 SE 3rd Street in Corvallis and “Del Valle Mexican Store” located at 1339 Monmouth Street, Independence, Oregon were used as cover for the drug trafficking and money laundering operations of the organization.
And the arrested:
Isidro Linares Andrade
Ricardo Linarez Andrade
Irma Linares Munguia
Ashley Nicole Palomo
Jesus Monroy Lopez
Jorge Soto Aquino
Jose Bernal Ortiz
Manuel Salgado Lujano
Nadia Fabiola Legorreta
Raul Becerra Cardenas
Ok you caught me, the last name I made up.
These folks are NOT lodged in the Benton County Jail (or have not been added to the list yet) so I can't check for ICE holds. Anyone want to put a gentlemen's wager that we have at least 3 "hardworking immigrants" in the bunch?
But remember, we can't deport them because it would "break up families."
Or perhaps we will finally get a defense attorney brave enough to use the "it's part of their culture" defense. I mean, we have Mexicans (again, willing to make a bet here) selling drugs that originated from... Mexico (betting double or nothing on this one) and selling them out of... Mexican stores.
If only there was some sort of pattern here that we could identify.
Is it Oregon or is it Mexico? (hint: it's Woodburn)
**UPDATE** "Most of the defendants spoke Spanish and were accompanied by a translator."
From the Corvallis Gazette-Times story. Still no sign of these folks in the Benton or Polk county jail lists.