MEDFORD, Ore. — A man from Talent pleaded guilty on Monday to drug trafficking charges after reportedly conspiring to send "more than 500 grams of cocaine" across state lines, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to court documents, 31-year-old Jonathan Alan Ochoa conspired with co-defendants Gonzalo Manzo Jr. and Rodolfo Quevedo to transport more than 500 grams of cocaine from California to Oregon between July and August of 2017. The drugs would then be sold and distributed to others.
Authorities say that Ochoa and Manzo negotiated the sale of cocaine to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) "in exchange for multiple firearms."
On August 17 of 2017, Quevedo transported about 1,000 grams of cocaine from California and delivered it to Ochoa in the Medford area "at Manzo's request," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The firearms and cash were supposed to be transported back to California — but agents arrested Ochoa and his co-conspirators and law enforcement seized the guns before that could happen.
Ochoa was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
"Ochoa faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $5 million fine and four years of supervised release," the U.S. Attorney's Office said. "He will be sentenced on February 21, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken."
Manzo pleaded guilty to the same charges on August 27, 2018. Quevedo also faces criminal charges; his case is pending in federal court.
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