KOIN6 I By Brent Weisberg
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The single largest methamphetamine bust by a drug task force team in Clackamas County has led to a 17.5 year prison sentence for a Canby, Ore. man.
Omar Martinez-Rodriguez is now in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
A federal jury unanimously found Rodriguez guilty in January on one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The investigation started in September 2013 when investigators with the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF) opened a drug trafficking investigation that centered on Rodriguez.
A confidential informant provided information to investigators, federal court documents state. The informant, records show, had a pending felony case that would be later reviewed by government lawyers if there was a successful prosecution.
Rodriguez, who lived in the 200 block of South Knott Street in Canby, was identified as a methamphetamine supplier. The informant agreed to a make a recorded phone call to Rodriguez to buy meth, court documents state.
After getting a warrant that forced Rodriguez’s cellphone provider to release cell site and the exact location for the phone, deputies learned on September 25, 2013 the phone was active in Southern Oregon.
Investigators, according to court documents, traveled to the Oregon-California border where they started to physical follow the vehicle and person associated to Rodriquez’s phone. On September 25, investigators identified Rodriguez as the driver of a Ford Focus near Talent, Oregon, court documents state.
Investigators tailed the vehicle – which was registered to Rodriguez’s sister – as it moved North into Marion County, court documents state.
Oregon State Police observed several traffic violations and initiated a traffic stop near Neota Street and Fultz Street.
The driver gave troopers a Nayarit, Mexico driver’s license and stated his named was Omar Rodriguez, court documents state. Rodriguez was unable to provide proof of valid driving privileges in Oregon.
A K-9 narcotics unit was called to the traffic stop. Court records show an exterior search around the vehicle was conducted and the dog positively alerted on multiple areas, indicating the presence of narcotics.
Rodriguez denied the presence of drugs in the vehicle and denied consent to search, court documents state.
“Rodriguez appeared very nervous and animated in his responses,” court documents state.
Deputies removed two coolers that were in the backseat of the vehicle after Rodriguez and his passenger were detained, court documents state.
The K-9 unit again detected the presence of drugs inside one of the coolers, court documents state.
The trooper searched the cooler and removed 16 one-pound bricks of a crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, court documents state.
During a forensic exam of the drug’s packaging, criminologist identified latent prints on a layer of black electrical tape that came back to Rodriguez, court documents state.
The OSP Crime Lap conducted an analysis of the suspected methamphetamine and confirmed the total amount of meth seized exceeded 1,500 grams, or approximately 22 pounds.
Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum, Rodriguez has done “nothing to ‘clearly demonstrate’ acceptance of responsibility for his actions.”
“The evidence clearly showed (Rodriguez) was actively engaged in selling methamphetamine through his taped phone conversations with the government’s cooperating informant,” court documents state.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information about drug trafficking to contact them at 503.557.5809