A 28-year-old man was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute meth in and around Lincoln City and felony gun charges.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Felix Daniel Garcia-Mendoza was sentenced to 204 months in federal prison and five years supervised release for trafficking meth and possessing a stolen gun.
“The brazenness of Garcia-Mendoza’s actions clearly warrant this significant sentence,” ATF Seattle Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jonathan E. Blais said. “He showed a complete disregard for the law and jeopardized the community as a whole. The removal of Garcia-Mendoza and his co-conspirators from the streets will help make Lincoln City and Lincoln County safer.”
Undercover ATF agents infiltrated the Lincoln City methamphetamine market in March 2018, repeatedly doing deals with Garcia-Mendoza, buying more than one and a half pounds of meth on one occasion. The agents saw a gun in his waistband multiple times, which ultimately led to felon in possession of a firearm charges. A different gun was also sold to the agents which was later found to be stolen.
A federal grand jury in Eugene returned an 11-count indictment in December 2018, charging Garcia-Mendoza with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Garcia-Mendoza was arrested by Deputy Shawn Carter and K9 Bonni in January 2019, when he fled a traffic stop on Neotsu Drive and hid in a crawl space. Garcia-Mendoza pled guilty to all but three charges Jan. 20, 2020.
Garcia-Mendoza was arrested in May 2014 in connection with a drive-by-shooting on West Devils Lake Road, where a man was shot in the leg. He pled guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and assault and did six months in jail and two years probation.
Three other co-defendants — Billy Jack Reese, Jr., 42, of Lincoln City, James Levi Boyer, 51, of Springfield and Patricia Rose Hedrick, 25, of Newport — pled guilty to conspiring with Garcia-Mendoza to distribute methamphetamine. All three were sentenced to time served and are on five years supervised release.
This case was investigated by the ATF, Lincoln City Police Department and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.