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Man sentenced in federal drug case with Clark County ties

By , Columbian staff writer

After a multi-agency investigation involving the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, a Portland man was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday in connection with an international drug smuggling operation.

Eduardo Barbosa Lopez, 44, also known as Barbas, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison. He was one of 42 people indicted in 2019 by a federal grand jury for their roles in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Investigators say Barbosa Lopez smuggled large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to the Portland area for street distribution. A large network of local drug dealers then sold the drugs. At one point, the group distributed as much as 77 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of heroin weekly in and around Portland, the Department of Justice said.

He pleaded guilty April 5 and is now the 32nd person sentenced in connection with the conspiracy, the news release states.