Federal judge scolds Oregon drug kingpin, spares him from life in prison
A Portland judge scolded the kingpin of a Mexican drug gang on Monday for damaging the lives of Americans from coast to coast as he ran methamphetamine superlabs, trafficked in cocaine and orchestrated vast marijuana plantations.
Thankfully the defendent only received a verbal scolding and not a sternly worded letter...
Ortiz-Oliva, whose principal operation was in Salem, presided over one of the biggest drug operations ever uncovered in Oregon. He ran a small, armed empire of distributors with connections to the Nocupetaro drug cartel in Mexico, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Bickers.
Some of the Ortiz-Oliva gang's meth labs could produce up to 30 pounds at a time, causing a massive supply of the highly addictive drug at a time when Oregon's social service agencies were scarcely prepared for its ravages, Bickers said. The gang moved drugs across the nation.
The most important victims here are Oregon's social service agencies. Can you imagine what they were going through? No, you can't. That's because you have a productive job.
Authorities had to keep going back to judges for permission to tap his new phones, allowing the Mexican citizen to use the U.S. Constitution to stay one step ahead of the law, Bickers told the court.
Judge Brown ruled that Ortiz-Oliva was a career criminal, based on earlier convictions for a Salem shooting that left a man with a wounded hand; possessing meth with the intent to distribute the drug; and beating his girlfriend as she held one of their children in her arms.
He shot someone... had drugs for sale... and beat his girlfriend. I don't want this guy to go to jail, I want him to live in the same neighborhood as my congressman!