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Federal Indictment Charges Three Individuals with Drug Crimes Related to Distribution of Methamphetamines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. - Three defendants were charged in two separate indictments based on their drug activity in Lincoln County. 

Christobal Portillo, 37, and Salina Perez, 35, both of Oregon, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.   Both made their initial appearances on July 18, 2014 and entered pleas of not guilty.  Trial is set for September 23, 2014 before Chief U. S. District Judge Ann Aiken.

Separately, Patrick Ball, 37, of Toledo, Oregon, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  He also made his initial appearance on July 18, 2014 and pleaded not guilty.  Bell is also scheduled for trial on September 23, 2014 before Chief U. S. District Judge Ann Aiken.

Both conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute carry maximum sentences of twenty years in prison and a one million dollar fine.

A criminal indictment is only an allegation and not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. These cases were investigated by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team, the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter.

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