PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The leader of a large-scale methamphetamine drug trafficking organization in eastern Oregon has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Abel Lomas Murillo, of Weston, on Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Narus says Murillo was dealing methamphetamine from July 2017 through May 2018, bringing the drug up from California and hiring couriers to distribute the methamphetamine in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Investigators said they seized about 60 pounds of methamphetamine as part of their investigation. They also recovered 29 firearms from Murillo, who wasn’t legally allowed to possess any guns after a felony conviction for cocaine delivery.

Prosecutors say Murillo’s brother was his drug source and is a co-defendant in the case. He is awaiting trial.

Abel Murillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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