Men face 20 year prison sentence in heroin OD

Fabian Sandoval-Ramos and Raul Arcila convicted by federal jury on Friday

Raul Arcila, left, and Fabian Sandoval-Ramos both face 20 years in prison, Nov. 7, 2015 (MCSO)
Raul Arcila, left, and Fabian Sandoval-Ramos both face 20 years in prison, Nov. 7, 2015 (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A federal jury on Friday returned guilty verdicts against two men accused of conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death.

Fabian Sandoval-Ramos and Raul Arcila each face a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors were successful in proving that the heroin distributed by Sandoval-Ramos and Arcila caused the death of Justin DeLong.

The federal grand jury indictment was handed up on June 24, 2014. It charged Sandoval-Ramos with conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Arcila was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death, conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

The federal jury, which heard the case over 1 week, convicted both men on all counts.

Records show the distribution occurred on or between March 20 and April 4, 2014.

Both men will be sentenced Feb. 29, 2016 before U.S. District Judge Anna Brown.

The mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years Sandoval-Ramos Arcila face is a result of federal laws passed after Maryland basketball player Len Bias died in 1986 of a cocaine overdose.

The case was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotics Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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