Plea sends local drug trafficker to prison

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Officials with the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) says a No Contest plea has closed the case on a heroin and meth operation in Douglas County.

Lieutenant Patrick Moore of DINT says it started with the arrest of Jessie A. Benites, 45, who recently lived in the Green District of South Roseburg.

DINT detectives arrested Benites on November 21, 2013, and charged him with being the head of a local narcotics ring.

Authorities say Benites had recently moved to Green from California, and was suspected of smuggling large amounts of both heroin and methamphetamine from the Stockton area.

Officials say he then used a small crew of local young men to help him sell the narcotics in central Douglas County.

More than 3 1/2 ounces of heroin and over 2 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine were seized during Benites' arrest in November.

Authorities say the operation was uncommon for Douglas County since most narcotics traffickers tend to specialize in either meth or heroin.

Moore says Benites pleaded no contest to the charges against him earlier this month, and will now be headed to prison.

The charge of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine led to him being sentenced to 26 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervision. Additional charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and the Possession & Delivery of Heroin were dismissed in exchange for the pleading.