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Louisville Men Guilty Of Possession And Attempted Distribution Of A Large Quantity Of Heroin And Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Drugs were packaged for distribution, more than $100,000 seized

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two Louisville residents recently pleaded guilty in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay to multiple charges including aiding and abetting and conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

U.S. Currency seized in Portillo case

Oscar Portillo, age 39, and Jose Luis Madrigal II, age 24, pleaded guilty to the charges and remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service. Charges were dismissed against a third defendants.

They were arrested and charged separately by criminal complaint on October 30, 2015. According to the complaint, on October 30, 2015, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the defendants knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Drugs confiscated in Portillo case
Bishop Lane, Louisville

Further, on October 30, 2015, federal officers and others executed a state search warrant at 3921 Bishop Lane in Louisville.  During the execution of the warrant, officers seized 3230 grams (more than one kilogram) of heroin, 5288 grams of methamphetamine, $109,774 in United States Currency, a .38 caliber loaded Rossi pistol, a 7.62 mm century arms rifle, and a bullet-proof vest. The large quantity of heroin was packaged for distribution. The defendants lived at the residence, a tire warehouse, giving them direct access to and control over the contraband.

If convicted at trial, the defendants faced a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison for each charge, a possible fine of up to $10,000,000 and a ten year period of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. on March 6, 2017, in Louisville.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Louisville Metro Police.


Updated December 8, 2016

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