Cesar Arnoldo Menjivar, 30, of Lane County, Oregon, was sentenced on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken to a 96-month prison term for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Following his release from prison, Menjivar will be on supervised release for four years. On June 3, 2015, co-conspirator William Friend, 19, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and on January 20, 2015, co-conspirator Richard Wilson, 37, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.
A joint investigation by federal and local law enforcement revealed that Menjivar and his associates were distributing methamphetamine. Between December 17, 2013 and January 28, 2014, a confidential source negotiated five separate purchases of methamphetamine with Menjivar, and the drugs were delivered by William Friend, Richard Wilson and another individual.
On January 30, 2014, search warrants were executed at multiple locations. Approximately five ounces of methamphetamine, more than one ounce of heroin, packaging material, scales and a loaded pistol were located at William Friend’s residence, and a digital scale was located at Menjivar’s residence.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the DEA, the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Eugene Police Department Special Investigations Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Sweet and Nathan Lichvarcik prosecuted the case.