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California Fugitive Sentenced To Ten Years Of Imprisonment

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

Loretta F. Radford, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced today that Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, sentenced Raymond Arthur Ortega, 33, of Montebello, California, to 10 years of imprisonment for Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and five years of supervised release following his release from prison.


On September 26, 2016, Ortega was stopped by Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) troopers for speeding. During the stop, OHP troopers learned Ortega was a fugitive in California. OHP troopers searched Ortega’s vehicle, following an alert from a drug detecting K-9, and found approximately three pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a side door panel.


This case was investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Tulsa Police Department’s Special Investigations Division, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.

Updated September 17, 2017

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