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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 8, 2017

Salem Oregon Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Operating a Drug Distribution Organization

PORTLAND, Ore. – On May 8, 2017, Alfredo Pena-Lopez, aka Gerionda, 43, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Marco A. Hernández to 210 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. Upon his release from prison, Pena-Lopez, who was in the United States without lawful authority, will be deported.

For at least five years, Pena-Lopez led a drug trafficking operation responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine from sources in California and Mexico to customers in the Salem area. He sold methamphetamine in pound quantities after arranging to bring 5 to 10 pounds into Oregon at a time. Court-authorized wiretaps and surveillance showed that Pena-Lopez stored his methamphetamine in a U-Haul truck parked at an automobile-repair business in Salem operated by one of Pena-Lopez’s seven co-defendants. Pena-Lopez also personally delivered methamphetamine to his customers, including once at a McDonald’s in the Salem area, and once at a Flying J Truck Stop on Interstate 5 near Salem.

At the time of his arrest on federal charges, Pena-Lopez was storing three pounds of methamphetamine, three assault rifles and body armor at the automobile-repair business in Salem, and had $35,000 in cash at his home.

This case was investigated by the Salem office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Salem Police Department and investigators from the Oregon Department of Justice. The case was prosecuted by Thomas H. Edmonds and Thomas S. Ratcliffe, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 9, 2017