News Release
Date: October 27, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Armed Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

OCT 27 -- Portland, Ore. – Ademir Hernandez-Arciga, 39, was sentenced on October 25, 2010, to 25 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, and more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, as well as one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

“As a result of the defendant’s illegal actions, he will now serve over two decades in prison,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul Schmidt.  “This is a result of the outstanding investigative work by all who work hard to keep our communities safe.”

On March 19, 2009, a federal jury convicted Hernandez-Arciga, the last of 18 members of a Mexican drug trafficking organization convicted in the District of Oregon. The evidence in this wiretap investigation established that the members of the conspiracy distributed large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine in Oregon and several other states.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents working with local task force officers seized over 20 kilograms of cocaine, more than four pounds of methamphetamine, 24 firearms, and over $30,000 in U.S. currency and other assets.

Hernandez-Arciga was ordered to pay a $1,000,000 money judgment and upon his release from prison he will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. Hernandez-Arciga has a prior felony drug trafficking conviction.

The case was investigated by DEA Special Agents working with local task force officers. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer J. Martin and Geoffrey A. Barrow.