Two drug traffickers sentenced to 10+ years in federal prison for meth, heroin, fentanyl
By Aimee Plante,2023-05-27
PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – Two Portland-area drug traffickers were each sentenced to federal prison Thursday after they were discovered selling fentanyl, heroin and meth in 2021.
Rodrigo Diaz-Lopez, 53, of Gresham and Jonathan Avila-Suarez, 31, of Portland will each serve more than 10 years – 135 and 120 months, respectively – in prison and five years of supervised release. The men were found guilty of distributing drugs in the Portland area through a drug trafficking organization led by two brothers in Nayarit, Mexico.Man drives 4 miles with flaming car after St. John’s Bridge hit-run, police say
Avila-Suarez pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute meth in January and Diaz-Lopez pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute heroin in February.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration received a tip in February 2021 that Avila-Suarez had arranged a delivery of 400 grams of heroin to a Portland hotel room. Agents seized the heroin from his customer that day and used a search warrant in Avila-Suarez’s house the following day.Semi gets stuck in Highway 99E tunnel, holds up rush hour traffic
Inside the house, authorities found two guns and “large quantities” of heroin, meth and fentanyl packaged for distribution.
Agents had also arranged for a controlled purchase of meth from Diaz-Lopez, who was issued a search warrant in March 2021. Inside, they found several kilograms each of meth, heroin and counterfeit Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. Officers also found $30,000 and two guns.Fireworks show to kick off Rose Festival, closing Hawthorne, Morrison bridges
The two men were charged with the intent to distribute controlled substances and later indicted on other charges.
Diaz-Lopez has also had three prior felony drug trafficking convictions, and according to court documents, he has repeatedly been removed from the country for his crimes.Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.