Bulletin Staff Report

A Medford man arrested by Bend Police in June 2016 for possessing large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin was sentenced Wednesday to a little more than 13 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release for having and planning to distribute meth in Bend.

Christopher Michael Soares, 35, was pulled over on the afternoon of June 28 on suspicion of traffic violations when a police dog noticed narcotics within the vehicle. Court documents state that Soares was found with 99 grams of meth, 56 grams of heroin and a 9mm firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Oregon District. He later pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of meth.

The case was handled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bend and Medford police departments and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.