Feds announce biggest meth bust in Oregon’s history

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon announced Monday that authorities had made the largest methamphetamine bust in the state’s history, seizing drugs with a street value of more than $1 million.

Federal and local police say they arrested the leader of a drug trafficking cell, 47-year-old Martin Manzo-Negrete, on Sept. 15 in Eugene. Manzo-Negrete was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The joint operation was led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and yielded 384 pounds of meth, stolen guns, and more than $76,000 in cash.

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The following information regarding other suspects linked to this case was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon:

Four of Manzo-Negrete’s associates were also arrested and are facing federal drug charges. They include Eugene residents Gustavo Manzo-Mares, 45; Candice L. Barrett, 52; John C. Willis, 59; and Nathan Lee Daniels, 46. A fifth associate, Frank Buehler, 52, also of Eugene, has been charged, but remains at large.

Manzo-Negrete has been detained pending future court proceedings. Efforts to reach an attorney for him weren’t immediately successful.

All photos in the gallery above were published publically by the District of Oregon’s Attorney’s Office.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.


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