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Latest news: 04-28-09

Eighth member of Oregon's largest meth ring sentenced

PORTLAND, Ore. – The eight defendant in what the FBI called the largest methamphetamine ring in Oregon history was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison Tuesday.

Heriberto Montenegro-Mendez, 34, of Forest Grove, Oregon, was sentenced by Judge Garr M. King to 220 months in prison for his part helping run meth and cocaine. He was found guilty last October.

Full story, KGW-TV

County commissioner facing federal drug charges

Two separate sources have confirmed to WTWO that Commissioner David Decker has been offered a plea deal in a federal drug case. He had reportedly been under investigation.

Police arrested his nephew, Chad Decker,  back in mid-December on charges of distribution of meth.

Today our sources say that the plea deal with David Decker has been offered and signed.

Katie Shane was at the county annex this afternoon and spoke with Decker . He did not want to comment when asked about this case.

One source says that the plea deal should be filed sometime tomorrow.

That's when we'll learn the details of the charges and the agreement.

Decker's future as a county commissioner is uncertain at this time.


Mom who exposed kids to meth gets prison

CANTON - A Canal Fulton woman has pleaded guilty to allowing children in the home where her boyfriend made methamphetamine.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Taryn L. Heath sentenced Keah L. Shankland, 29, to two years in prison Monday on two counts of endangering children.

Full story, Canton Repository

Defendant says that woman overdosed on meth

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Mexican citizen who allegedly killed the Colorado Springs mother of their child says Jaclyn Funderburg overdosed on meth.

Salvatore Esquivel-Castillo is standing trial for first degree murder in her death. He took the stand in his defense on Monday. Esquivel-Castillo says because he was on drugs and without sleep for six days he made the wrong decision and decided to bury her himself.

Full story, KRDO-TV

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