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Klamath Falls drug trafficking ring leader and associates receive federal prison sentences after extensive investigations

Klamath Falls, Oregon – Three individuals, including the head of a drug trafficking organization based in Klamath Falls, have been sentenced to federal prison. The convictions are the result of thorough investigations led by the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET), as confirmed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. BINET is a Klamath Falls area narcotics task force comprised of Oregon State Police, the Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Sentences and Charges

Juan Jessie Martinez-Gil, 59, previously a resident of Reno, Nevada, received an 87-month sentence in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Blake Anthony Fulleton, 35, from Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. Miguel Espana, 31, also from Klamath Falls, was handed an 84-month sentence in federal prison along with five years of supervised release.

The court documents reveal that between August 1, 2019, and September 2, 2021, Martinez-Gil and his associates were involved in trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl. These drugs, disguised as counterfeit Oxycodone pills, were purchased in Southern California and transported to Southern Oregon for further distribution.

A coordinated law enforcement operation on September 2, 2021, led to the arrest of Martinez-Gil and several associates. Federal search warrants executed at five locations and two vehicles linked to the group resulted in the seizure of more than seventeen pounds of methamphetamine and hundreds of counterfeit Oxycodone pills.

Martinez-Gil subsequently pleaded guilty on November 1, 2023, to charges of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Further Details on the Operations

In a related incident, detectives observed Blake Anthony Fulleton leaving a known drug house in Klamath Falls. Following a vehicle crash and a short pursuit on foot, Fulleton was arrested with methamphetamine on his person. His vehicle contained a loaded pistol, additional methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin, and drug packaging materials. Fulleton pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm on December 11, 2023.

Miguel Espana came under law enforcement radar in 2019 for drug trafficking activities. Upon investigating, authorities found approximately two pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle parked near a Klamath Falls motel. The search of his vehicle yielded methamphetamine, a digital scale, a drug ledger, and cash. Espana pleaded guilty on October 16, 2023, to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Lavinia Beaumont


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