Portland-area drug dealer charged with kidnapping and murder of man in Washington state | USAO-OR

PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal indictment was unsealed today, charging a Mexican national residing in Clackamas County, Oregon, for his role in the 2019 kidnapping and murder of a man from Washington State and other drug trafficking crimes.

Marcos Alonso Castillo-Bernal, 46, has been charged with Conspiracy of Possession to Distribute and Distribute Controlled Substances, Murder while engaged in Drug Trafficking, Distribution of Heroin and Methamphetamine, Kidnapping resulting in death, conspiracy to commit kidnapping causing death, hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, criminal in possession of a firearm and fraud and use abuse of a visa.

According to the previous indictment, starting on an unknown date and continuing until his arrest in October 2019, Castillo-Bernal conspired with others to traffic and distribute large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine. in the Portland area. Castillo-Bernal and his co-conspirators are said to import large quantities of illegal narcotics from numerous vendors to hideouts throughout the metropolitan area where they were processed and prepared for sale.

On or about April 13, 2019, Castillo-Bernal and others kidnapped, held hostage and murdered Ricardo Corral-Moreno, of Olympia, Wash., And disposed of his body in a rural area near Molalla, in Oregon. Castillo-Bernal and his co-conspirators targeted Corral-Moreno because of the money Corral-Moreno owed Castillo-Bernal and others.

Castillo-Bernal first appeared in federal court today before a U.S. magistrate. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty and taken into custody pending a jury trial scheduled to begin on April 12, 2022.

Murder while engaging in drug trafficking, kidnapping causing death and hostage taking resulting in death are all death penalty offenses punishable by life imprisonment in federal prisons. Kidnapping and hostage-taking resulting in death are also punishable by mandatory life imprisonment if convicted. Killing while involved in drug trafficking and drug trafficking conspiracy carries mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years and 15 years in federal prison, respectively.

Acting US attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the Oregon District made the announcement.

This matter has been investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Office. He is being sued by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an indictment of a crime, and an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This lawsuit is the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a multi-agency, prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach. intelligence that leverages federal, state, and local law enforcement forces against criminal networks.

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