Federal judge sentences Eugene drug dealer to 10 years in prison

A 39-year-old Eugene man was sentenced Thursday to ten years in federal prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jose Manuel Vargas, 39, of Eugene, was sentenced on June 29, 2017, to ten years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Jan. 28, 2014, according to court documents, Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (LCINT) detectives arrested Vargas at a Lane County residence. LCINT reportedly acted on information Vargas was selling heroin and methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

Jose Manuel Vargas, 39, of Eugene, was sentenced on June 29, 2017, to ten years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Photo courtesy of Lane County Jail.

Vargas has been convicted twice in Oregon for the felony sale of illegal drugs, and was in possession of a revolver, ammunition and body armor at the time of the arrest. Vargas was on probation at the time for previous convictions of heroin possession and providing false information to police.

Vargas also was placed on probation in 2007 for cocaine possession and in 2013 for heroin possession.

Vargas appeared June 20, 2017 before Judge Aiken, and pled guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.