A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against a Portland man who distributed large quantities of methamphetamine across Multnomah County.
Amadeo Lupercio-Quezada, 39, was convicted after a two-day trial of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute meth; possessing with intent to distribute meth, heroin and cocaine; and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents, in October 2017 a Gresham Police detective learned Lupercio-Quezada and co-defendant Maribel Sebastian-Evangelista were distributing large amounts of methamphetamine throughout the county. Lupercio-Quezada would physically complete the sales after Sebastian-Evangelista would arrange the deals by phone.
The Gresham Police Department Special Enforcement Team initiated four controlled purchases of methamphetamine from the pair between October and December of 2017. All four purchases took place at Lupercio-Quezada's home on East Burnside Street in Portland. Officers later searched the residence and found distribution quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine; an ID card with Lupercio-Quezada's photo; $14,500 in cash as well as a .380 caliber Glock model 42 semi-automatic pistol near the drugs.
Lupercio-Quezada faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with consecutive mandatory minimum sentences of 10 and five years for the drug and gun charges, respectively; and a $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release. He will be sentenced on Aug. 21 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman.
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