- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Hillsboro man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drug dealing and cockfighting.

Kevin Sonoff, spokesman for the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office, says 43-year-old Daniel Ramirez was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and spend five years on supervised release when he leaves prison.

According to court documents, Ramirez led a methamphetamine-trafficking organization with ties to Mexican cartels. Through a series of wiretaps, authorities identified more than 50 members of the organization - 35 of whom live in Oregon.

Agents learned during the investigation that Ramirez was also heavily involved in cockfighting.

Ramirez pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last fall.

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