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Southern Oregon meth dealer gets 135 months in federal prison

The leader of a Southern Oregon drug trafficking organization was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Tuesday.

Rogelio Gomez-Arias, 24, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release.

Police began investigating Gomez-Arias and his trafficking operation in May 2018, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. Investigators said a person in Mexico had supplied Gomez-Arias’ organization with methamphetamine for cash and firearms.

In August 2019, investigators conducted three controlled buys of drugs from Gomez-Arias. During the buys, Arias openly explained his history of drug dealing, detailing his rise from selling small quantities of drugs to larger amounts, the release said.

Gomez-Arias allegedly bragged about making $500,000 in a single week transporting drugs to different cites, including Seattle and New York, according to the release.

On Oct. 9, 2019, police seized 37 pounds of meth, 440 grams of heroin, 14 firearms and nearly $50,000 in cash, and arrested five people, including Gomez-Arias.

Gomez Arias pleaded guilty July 30 to conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.

Three alleged co-conspirators — Alexis Chavez Franco, 23; Domingo Matias-Hernandez, 36; and Juan Rodriquez-Ramirez, 62 — remain in custody, pending trial. A fourth suspect, Irving Beas Ceballos, 35, was granted pre-trial release.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael J, McShane ordered Gomez-Arias to forfeit the U.S. currency seized and firearms used to facilitate his crimes, according to the release.