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Key player in international drug ring from Springfield sentenced to 145 months in federal prison

Eugene, Oregon – A significant victory in the fight against drug trafficking was achieved with the sentencing of Rodolfo Arroyo-Segoviano, a 38-year-old resident of Springfield, Oregon. Arroyo-Segoviano, a key member of an international drug trafficking organization operating in Lane County, Oregon, was sentenced to 145 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Details of the Drug Trafficking Operations

Court documents revealed that between April and August 2020, Arroyo-Segoviano played a crucial role in managing the local distribution network for the drug trafficking organization. This organization was responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine from Mexico into the United States. While the organization’s leaders operated out of Mexico, Arroyo-Segoviano was responsible for coordinating the receipt, storage, and distribution of methamphetamine in Oregon. He also managed the collection of drug proceeds and the payment to the organization’s leadership in Mexico.

Arroyo-Segoviano’s responsibilities extended to supervising local associates, which included recruitment, pay, and directing their activities. His management skills ensured the smooth operation of the drug trafficking network within Lane County and surrounding areas.

Significant Seizures and Arrests

As a result of the investigation into the organization, law enforcement seized over 178 pounds of methamphetamine, 12 pounds of heroin, six pounds of fentanyl, 18 rifles, three rifle optics, and ammunition. Additionally, investigators forfeited approximately $1.2 million from the organization, including more than $400,000 in cash. This operation led to the arrest and conviction of 35 individuals, including sources of supply in Mexico, couriers, local cell operators in Lane County, and first- and second-level distributors responsible for sales around Eugene.

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Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, emphasized the importance of this prosecution. “The prosecution of this international drug trafficking organization represents the tireless dedication of our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners combatting the drug trafficking plaguing our communities.”

Legal Proceedings and Sentencing

Arroyo-Segoviano was charged by criminal complaint on July 31, 2020, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He later pleaded guilty on April 3, 2024, to a one-count superseding criminal information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The extensive investigation that led to Arroyo-Segoviano’s arrest and conviction was carried out by multiple agencies, including the DEA, FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Springfield Police Department, Eugene Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (LINE), and Douglas Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (DINT). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Huynh and Judi Harper for the District of Oregon.

Gideon Fairchild

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