MEDFORD, Ore.— On September 7, 2022, a man from San Diego, California, was sent to federal prison for moving a lot of methamphetamine from Southern California to Southern Oregon so that it could be sold again. Martin Jesus Velasco, who is 39 years old, was given a sentence of 48 months in federal prison and 3 years of supervision after he got out.
According to court documents, law enforcement found out late in 2019 that Velasco was driving pounds of methamphetamine from California to Southern Oregon in rental cars and then selling it to local drug dealers there. At least twice, including the trip that led to his arrest, Velasco traveled with a friend, the friend’s girlfriend, and the friend’s baby in a rental car that held drug shipments.
On February 6, 2020, Velasco was pulled over in Ashland, Oregon, and a state search warrant was used to look through his car. The police found a duffle bag with five packages of methamphetamine, each weighing one pound. Velasco and one of his helpers were caught. A later search of his cell phone showed that Velasco traded methamphetamine he got in Southern California for marijuana grown in Southern Oregon. This was part of his extensive and ongoing drug trafficking.
On March 3, 2020, Velasco was charged with a criminal complaint with conspiring to have methamphetamine with the intent to sell it and with having methamphetamine with the intent to sell it. The second charge was brought against him by a federal grand jury in Medford on November 5, 2020. Velasco said he was guilty on April 11, 2022.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team, along with the Oregon State Police, looked into this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marco Boccato, who works for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, was in charge of the case.
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