Two Washington men sentenced for drug delivery
Two Washington men were sentenced last Friday to four years in prison for delivery of methamphetamine.
Marcelo Beltran-Marroquin, 57, of Grandview, Washington, and Jose Antonio Nava-Ramirez, 40, of Manson, Washington, both pleaded no contest to delivery of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, which occurred on Oct. 19, 2017.
The two men were arrested following a traffic stop at 9:05 a.m. that day, on U.S. Highway 97, about 11 miles south of Madras. The Oregon State Police trooper stopped the GMC Envoy, driven by Marroquin, for traveling 65 mph in a 55 mph zone.
While awaiting the result of a driving check, Marroquin told the trooper that he'd just bought the vehicle, but had not yet paid for it. In order to be sure he wanted the vehicle, he had taken it on a test drive to Fresno, California.
Based on the driver's behavior and conflicting stories, the trooper asked if he could search the vehicle to which they agreed, signing consent-to-search forms.
A second trooper had arrived on the scene with a drug sniffing dog, which alerted on the vehicle. The troopers searched the vehicle, locating 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the dashboard, along with seven cell phones and a GPS unit, all of which was seized.
The men were arrested and lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility — where they remained until sentencing — with security set at $150,000. The vehicle was seized and towed.
On May 25, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Dan Ahern sentenced the two to four years in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, and three years of post-prison supervision. Two counts of conspiracy to commit a Class B felony, and one of possession of methamphetamine were dismissed.