Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
March 29, 2018
It has been an interesting last week in the month of March when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at illegal aliens who allegedly traffic drugs in the State of Oregon.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped a Dodge pickup occupied by Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza, age 30, a resident of Creswell, Oregon and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, age 33, a resident of Los Angeles, California for speeding on I-5 north of Rice Hill near mile post 151.
During the traffic stop members of the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) arrived at the scene with a drug-detecting dog. The DINT Detectives using the drug-detecting dog determined presence of narcotics in the Dodge pickup.
After the DINT drug-detecting dog hit on the presence of narcotics in the Dodge pickup, occupants of the pickup truck gave DINT Detective’s permission to search the truck. While searching pickup truck DINT Detectives discovered approximately 74 one-pound packages of methamphetamine in a suitcase in the bed of the truck.
After the discovery of the methamphetamine, DINT Detectives arrested Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza and they were subsequently transported to the Douglas County Jail in Roseburg, Oregon where they are currently being incarcerated.
Both Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza (ID: P00080155; DOB: 11/26/1987) and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza (ID: P00080154; DOB: 08/05/1984) have been charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.
In a March 19th press release DINT estimated the street value of the methamphetamine seized from Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, if sold by the pound quantities, to be worth approximately $370,000.
Wanting to know the actual current immigration statuses of Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, March 26, 2018 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell to investigate if the two men were not legally present in the United States of America.
On the morning of Wednesday, March 28th here is what ICE Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza:
“I’m limited in what I can release on these two individuals since they’re not in our custody. ICE has not had any previous encounters with them. The statement below can be attributed to me as an ICE spokesperson.”
“On March 19, ICE lodged detainers on Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, both citizens of Mexico illegally in the U.S., with the Douglas County Jail after their arrests on local felony charges.” – Carissa Cutrell
Analysis of the preceding information:
Mexican nationals illegally present in the United State of America like Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza who allegedly unlawfully possessed methamphetamine, unlawfully delivered methamphetamine and unlawfully manufactured methamphetamine most certainly created a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) culture of corruption in the mid-Willamette Valley community of Creswell, Oregon and greater Lane County in which these drug traffickers based their illicit trade in narcotics.
While compiling data for the most recent Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report February 2018 that I write for members of the Oregon State Legislature I discovered that 88 of the 100 criminal aliens incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system were Mexican nationals; these citizens of Mexico were 88 percent of crime aliens incarcerated for drugs crimes in DOC prisons.
One final thought, if history is a strong indicator, the large quantity of methamphetamine Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza were caught with on March 17th means they will not likely be prosecuted in Douglas County where they were caught with the drugs; this drug case is eventually headed to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Criminal Division, (USDOJ) for prosecution.
Lars, the last week of March and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.