News Release
September 2, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Heroin Drug Supplier Yields 135 Months in Overdose Case

SEP 2 -- (Portland) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, Karin J. Immergut, announced that Christian Renteria-Ley, was sentenced on August 27, 2008 to 135 months in prison for his role in the distribution of heroin resulting in the death of Thomas Gilliland who died from a drug overdose.

Mary Gilliland, the victim’s wife and Ryan Dean Russell, both of Salem, Oregon were previously sentenced for the same charge. Mary Gilliland bought the heroin from Russell which she then provided to her husband Thomas Gilliland prior to his overdose. Russell had purchased the same heroin from Renteria-Ley. Gilliland received a sentence of 48 months and Russell received a sentence of 87months.

The federal penalty for this crime carries a potential sentence of life imprisonment for anyone in the chain of distribution of the drug that results in the death of another person.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Salem Police Department as part of a joint effort between local and federal law enforcement to aggressively pursue individuals who provide drugs to others who die from the use of those drugs.