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Repeat Offender Sentenced To 90 Months In Federal Prison For Distributing Methamphetamine - 02/13/20

PORTLAND, Ore.—Timothy Ray Vance, 54, of Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Marion County.

Vance has a long criminal history dating back to 1983. Vance served more than 20 years in prison after being convicted in Marion County Circuit Court in 1994 on two counts of robbery, two counts of burglary, and one count each of kidnapping and theft.

Two months after completing post-prison supervision, in August 2018, Vance was found to be involved in a large methamphetamine distribution network. By October 2018, investigators discovered the network’s source of supply and at least one informant who revealed they had purchased methamphetamine from Vance on ten different occasions.  A different informant told investigators that on one occasion, Vance sold them one pound of methamphetamine for $3,200.

In February 2019, Salem Police Department executed a search warrant on Vance’s residence. Investigators located 62.7 grams of methamphetamine, $2,780 in cash, drug packaging materials, and two handguns. Vance was placed under arrest and later released.

In March 2019, investigators learned that Vance was dealing methamphetamine out of a Salem hotel room. Officers conducted a traffic stop of Vance after obtaining a search warrant on his vehicle. During the search, they found 443 grams of methamphetamine, $1,500 in cash, and two additional firearms.

On November 11, 2019, Vance pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. As part of his plea agreement, Vance agreed to abandon four firearms used to facilitate his crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Salem Police Department. It was prosecuted by Lewis S. Burkhart, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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