Tattoos indicate the defendant's association with the European Kindred, a white supremacist prison gang
Attorney General John Kroger today announced a 10-year prison sentence for one of three defendants in a significant drug bust.
"Organized drug trafficking is a major problem in Oregon. We intend to investigate and prosecute Oregon's most dangerous drug dealers," said Attorney General Kroger. "I would also like to thank Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore and his team for their excellent work in protecting Oregonians."
Dallas Welsh was sentenced today in Marion County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and three counts of Felon in Possession of a firearm.
Welsh has tattoos indicating membership in the European Kindred, a white supremacist prison gang that is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood and the Ku Klux Klan. The European Kindred was formed in 1998 in the Snake River Correctional Institution in Eastern Oregon.
Co-defendant Nicole Carey was sentenced to 51 months in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 100 Feet of a School, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 2 counts of Identity Theft and 1 count of Theft in the First Degree. Co-defendant Joshua Benham was previously sentenced to 25 months in prison in connection with the case.
The Oregon Department of Justice jointly investigated the case with the Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Welsh, Carey and Benham were arrested in May after a search warrant was served at 4124 Sunnyview Road, No. 60, in Salem. The search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Salem Police Department SWAT team.
Methamphetamine, heroin, drug records and six firearms were seized in the raid.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Shannon Kmetic prosecuted the case for the Oregon Department of Justice.
The Oregon Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Division investigates and prosecutes complex drug trafficking and racketeering cases as well as violent crime, public corruption and sexual exploitation of children.
Last year, the Department of Justice received a $1,531,744 federal grant to create a multi-agency Drug Crimes Strike Force. The new unit works with the Oregon High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board, the Oregon Sheriffs' Association, the Oregon Police Chiefs' Association and the Oregon District Attorneys' Association.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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