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US Attorney Announcement: Tractor Trailer Accident in Sherman County Leads to Federal Indictment Charging Multiple Drug Crimes
February 13, 2014
The following is a news release from the United States Attorney's Office

Largest Reported Seizure in Oregon History

Salvador Martinez-Perez, age 53, from East Wenatchee, Washington, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Dennis J. Hubel and pled not guilty to a federal indictment charging him with four counts of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

On January 17, 2014, Sherman County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) responded to a commercial truck rollover crash on Highway 97 in Sherman County, Oregon. Upon arrival at the accident scene, SCSO deputies identified one sole occupant/driver of the vehicle who was transporting fresh produce. The driver was not injured and was released from the scene.

The following day, a private tow company was dispatched to the scene to remove the inoperable truck and semi-trailer. While tow company employees were off-loading the cargo inside the trailer, two bundles of narcotics fell from the produce pallets. SCSO was notified and responded to the scene. Located iniside the trailer was approximately 190 pounds of methamphetamine, 7.5 kilos of cocaine, and 11 pounds of heroin.

Defendant remains in federal custody pending a trial date of April 22, 2014. An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, DEA, and Oregon State Police. Assistance U.S. Attorney Kemp Strickland is handling prosecution of the case.

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