Law enforcement agencies have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against drug trafficking, as four individuals face federal charges following the seizure of 370 gallons of liquid heroin. The individuals charged in this case include Marco Antonio Magallon, aged 44, Luis Deleon Woodward, aged 26, Jorge Luis Amador, aged 25, all from Yakima, Washington, and Santos Alisael Aguilar Maya, aged 32, whose place of residence is currently unknown.
They have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, as well as possess with intent to distribute heroin. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing, multi-agency investigation into a transnational criminal organization involved in drug trafficking.
According to court documents, on January 24, 2024, law enforcement agencies received intelligence regarding the transportation of a significant quantity of illegal narcotics into the District of Oregon. Working together as part of a multi-agency drug trafficking investigation, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN), and the WCSO (Washington County Sheriff’s Office) obtained information that led to the arrests.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies, a staggering amount of illegal narcotics was successfully seized. The confiscated liquid heroin weighed approximately 1.4 metric tons, equivalent to 370 gallons. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN), and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) worked together tirelessly to gather intelligence, conduct investigations, and make the arrests.
The case is being prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. The charges against the four individuals reflect the severity of their alleged involvement in drug trafficking. If convicted, they could face significant penalties, highlighting the commitment of law enforcement and the justice system to hold those involved in drug trafficking accountable for their actions.