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Duo indicted by federal jury after drug trafficking bust

by: SUBMITTED - Domingo Ruiz-Esparzaby: SUBMITTED - Eliobardo Ramirez-Escobarby: SUBMITTED - Angelica Barraza-FavelaTwo men were indicted by a federal jury last week after being arrested in Woodburn for the delivery and possession of methamphetamine.

Domingo Ruiz-Esparza, 24, of Woodburn, and Eliobardo Ramirez-Escobar, 38, of Wilsonville, along with Ramirez-Escobar’s wife, Angelica Barraza-Favela, 32, were arrested in Woodburn on July 22 after a five-month investigation. At the time of arrest, police also seized more than two pounds of meth and more than $10,000 in cash, according to a press release from the city of Woodburn.

Ruiz-Esparza was charged with four counts of delivering and four counts of possession of meth. Ramirez-Escobar was charged with one count of delivery and one count of possession of meth. The two men have been lodged in Marion County Jail and, after being indicted by a federal jury Aug. 6, were taken into federal custody the following day.

Barraza-Favela, who was arrested at 8 p.m., more than seven hours after the arrest of Ruiz-Esparza and her husband, was sent to Clackamas County Jail. She was charged with conspiracy to deliver and possession of methamphetamine, two counts of child neglect 1 and maintaining a residence where drugs are distributed and/or manufactured. She was reportedly released on July 24.

The arrests were made by the Woodburn Police Department, along with federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation began when HSI and the WPD targeted a local drug trafficking organization in Woodburn.



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