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PORTLAND The leader of a drug-smuggling ring was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison by a judge in Portland Monday.

Kingsley Osemwengie, 27, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced to 210 months in prison as one of 18 people convicted for the largest oxycodone drug operation ever uncovered in the U.S., the Department of Justice said. Eleven of those people are from the Portland Metro area.

Oxycodone addicts often switch to heroin, which is much cheaper and more easily obtainable on the street, police say.

The ring used call girls to ship drugs, with money laundered in Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Utah, Colorado, New York, Washington, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, between January 2008 and Osemwengie's arrest in March of 2011, officials said.

Police seized luxury cars, jewelry, guns and cash in the investigation. Osemwengie deposited more than $1 million cash in at least six different bank accounts.

This is the largest oxycodone trafficking conspiracy ever prosecuted in Oregon, and one of the largest in the nation. Stemming the flow of prescription opiates is a crucial feature of our drug enforcement strategy, as addiction from these drugs and the conversion to heroin use is a national epidemic, United States Attorney Amanda Marshall said. In addition to the sentence in this case, the court forfeited more than $600,000 in drug proceeds.

The following defendants were sentenced for oxycodone conspiracy charges in the case:

  • Olubenga Temitope Badamosi, 34, of Milwaukie, OR, sentenced to 87 months prison
  • David George Hollins II, 29, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 41 months prison
  • Hung Van Pham, 32, of Vancouver, WA, sentenced to 27 months prison
  • Shaun Wesley Tyler, 32, of Las Vegas, NV, sentenced to 37 months prison
  • Marcus Charles Albert, 33, of Las Vegas, NV, sentenced to 63 months prison
  • Melvin A. Allotey, 29, of Las Vegas, NV, sentenced to 48 months prison
  • Mei Lynn Pham, 32, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 33 months prison
  • Adam Garrott Lewis, 28, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 37 months prison
  • Leamon Dlloyd Madden, 28, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 37 months prison
  • Isaiah Griffith, 28, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 30 months prison
  • Heather O'Rourke, 22, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 27 months prison
  • Christopher Gene Buckland, 35, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 30 months prison
  • Heath Leroy Bloodgood, 42, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 37 months prison
  • Thanh Quoc Nguyen, 32, of Portland, OR, sentenced to 41 months prison
  • Lee Justin Wells, 34, of Tacoma, WA, sentenced to 41 months prison.

Two other defendants have pled guilty to related oxycodone conspiracy charges and were set for sentencing before Judge Haggerty in Portland:

  • Reina Tomiko Nakachi, 27, of Las Vegas, NV, sentencing on June 10, 2013
  • Sarah Nilsen, 26, of Miami, FL, sentencing on June 17
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