- Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a man found riding in eastern Oregon in a vehicle stuffed with drugs to 20 years in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/TDSBoE ) Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, possession with intent to distribute the drugs and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Helguera and the driver of a van were stopped in February 2016. Authorities say a search of the vehicle revealed 13 packages of cocaine, 40 bindles of methamphetamine and a gun.

Authorities say Helguera and Alberto Martinez had traveled from Yakima County in Washington to Southern California to pick up the drugs and were driving back when they were stopped in Oregon.

Martinez, who accepted a plea deal, testified that they carried $500,000 to pay for the drugs.

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


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