Ore. county officials mistakenly free meth dealer

SALEM — A Marion County sheriff's spokeswoman says a clerical error mistakenly freed a meth dealer who was supposed to be headed for prison.Lt. Sheila Lorance says it was her office's mistake.

Marion County authorities mistakenly released Miguel Ochoa-Sanchez after transferring him from the federal lockup in Sheridan to stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Convicted of selling meth to cockfight patrons, he was sentenced in early August to more than 12 years in prison.

The Oregonian says Marion County authorities released Ochoa-Sanchez "to the street" with instructions to appear in court on Sept. 1. He did not appear. Now the sheriff's office and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a maximum $7,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Share This Story