Gresham man gets 10 years for transporting meth to Central Oregon

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A Gresham man was sentenced to nearly 11 years in federal prison Wednesday for bringing methamphetamine to Central Oregon for distribution.

Dennis Richard DeChenne Jr., 39, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and five years’ supervised release.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team began investigating DeChenne in April 2020 after learning he was involved in transporting large quantities of meth and heroin from the Portland area to Central Oregon for resale. The DOJ said DeChenne would stay in a Bend hotel for several days and use local runners to sell the drugs.

DeChenne was arrested in August of 2020 and found with two pounds of meth and a loaded pistol in his vehicle, DOJ said.

He ultimately pleaded guilty in April to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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