Description: Eugene, Oregon criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with transporting methamphetamine in Deschutes County.
In April 2020, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team began investigating Dennis Richard DeChenne Jr., 39, of Gresham, Oregon, after learning he was involved in transporting large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from the Portland area to Central Oregon for resale. Investigators determined that DeChenne, after transporting the drugs, would stay in a Bend, Oregon hotel for several days at a time and use local runners to sell the drugs.
Near midnight on August 19, 2020, CODE team members located DeChenne at a casino in southern Oregon. He was arrested the next day by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The deputies located two pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded pistol in DeChenne’s vehicle.
On July 28, 2021, DeChenne was charged by criminal information with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On April 7, 2023, he pleaded guilty to the single charge.
This case was investigated by CODE and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It was prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.
The CODE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. CODE includes members of the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sunriver, and Black Butte Police Departments; the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department; the Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices; the Oregon State Police; the Oregon National Guard; DEA; and the FBI.
21:841(a)(1)(b)(1)(A)(viii) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; Forfeiture Allegation
Outcome: 07/12/2023 76 Minutes of Proceedings: Sentencing Hearing before Judge Michael J. McShane as to Defendant Dennis Richard DeChenne, Jr(USM #73212-509). Defendant Sentenced - See Formal Judgment. Defendant advised of right to appeal. Defendant ordered to pay special assessment in the amount of $100.00. Counsel Present for Government: Jeffrey S. Sweet. Counsel Present for Defendant: Kimberly-Claire Elizabeth Seymour. (USPO Present: Ashley Wong) (Court Reporter Kendra Steppler) (cp) (Entered: 07/13/2023)
Defendant was sentenced to 130 months' in prison.