Californian pleads guilty to his role in methamphetamine conspiracy in eastern Oregon | USAO-OR
PORTLAND, Oregon — A man from Vacaville, Calif., Pleaded guilty today to his role in a conspiracy to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine from California for distribution in northeastern Oregon and south -est of Washington.
Noel Lomas Murillo, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, in November 2017, the Blue Mountain Narcotics Enforcement Team (BENT), Oregon State Police (OSP), and the FBI began investigating a trafficking organization. drug run by Murillo’s brother Abel Lomas Murillo, 28, of Weston, Oregon. .
Investigation found that as early as July 2017, Noel Murillo transported drugs from Vacaville to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where a courier would deliver them to his brother. Abel Murillo also made several trips to Medford, Oregon to pick up drugs and transport them to Morrow and Umatilla counties for distribution.
In January 2018, an OSP soldier arrested one of the Murillo brothers’ couriers, Luis Alberto Navarro, 33, of Boardman, Oregon, in a vehicle traveling near Klamath Falls en route to Umatilla County. A search of the vehicle revealed 11 concealed packages containing more than eight kilograms of methamphetamine.
In early May 2018, as the investigation continued, Abel Murillo hired another courier, Noel Ponce Villegas, 28, also from Boardman, to drive methamphetamine from Medford to Boardman. Investigators monitored Abel Murillo as he drove from Umatilla County to a storage locker in Medford and loaded a trailer pulled by his truck. Abel Murillo paid Villegas to drive his truck and trailer as he followed him to minimize his own risk. In the early morning hours of May 6, 2018, investigators from BENT, OSP, and FBI arrested Abel Murillo and Villegas as they were driving near mile 102 on Interstate 84.
Investigators seized 42 packets of methamphetamine, 36 of which were hidden in the false bottom of a propane tank. The packages contained approximately 17.6 kilograms of methamphetamine. Later that same day, investigators executed a search warrant at Abel Murillo’s home, seizing 29 firearms and bulletproof vests. Pursuant to a separate search warrant, an additional 10 pounds of methamphetamine and five guns were found in a Medford storage locker Abel Murillo visited earlier in the weekend.
On December 19, 2019, a federal grand jury in Portland released an indictment replacing two counts charging Noel Murillo with conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent. to distribute methamphetamine.
Noel Murillo will be sentenced on January 5, 2022 before US District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.
On May 7, 2018, Navarro pleaded guilty to possession with intent to dispense methamphetamine. He will be sentenced on February 1, 2022.
On April 15, 2019, Abel Murillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On September 10, 2019, he was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison and five years on probation.
On April 18, 2019, Villegas pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On December 16, 2020, he was sentenced to a prison term and three years of supervised release.
Acting US attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the Oregon District made the announcement.
This case has been investigated by BENT, OSP and the FBI. He is being sued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.