A federal judge in Portland on Monday sentenced a member of the Irish Pride white-power gang to nearly 22 years in prison for leading a Clackamas County drug distribution ring.
 
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Samuel Caleb Mertz

Samuel Caleb Mertz, 26, must be supervised by the courts for five years after his release for his role in the distribution of methamphetamine.

Officers with a Clackamas County drug task force busted Mertz and his girlfriend, Jonalynn Gypsie Nelson, at a Winco parking lot in the county on March 31 as they readied for a drug delivery, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for Oregon.

Investigators found $3,271 and two ounces of methamphetamine on Mertz, along with a loaded gun and what a “a virtual pharmacy of narcotics” — small quantities of heroin, meth and Oxycontin pills — in his car, prosecutors said.

After their arrests, authorities recorded calls between Mertz and his girlfriend, including what prosecutors described as veiled threats about the well being of a police informant, including a discussion about putting the snitch “in the ground.” That conversation earned Mertz extra time for obstruction of justice, as did his long career as a drug dealer.

“This more than 21-year sentence marks the culmination of a top-notch investigation by the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force,” said Amanda Marshall, Oregon’s U.S. Attorney, “and a focused federal prosecution targeting the most dangerous type of repeat offenders: gun toting gang members who sell drugs.”

Nelson was sentenced in April to a little more than six years in prison for her role in the drug distribution operation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. wally p says:

    One of my best homies from back in the day much love and respect for my homie samson u will always be remembered by us keep ur head up homie see u when u get out homie.