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Local ties for man sentenced to prison for drug, weapons charges

by: Submitted photo - Salvador Mares II


   Salvador Mares II, 40, was sentenced Sept. 16 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken to 10 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.
   Mares was convicted of one count of methamphetamine distribution and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Upon his release, Mares will be on supervised release for four years.
   In 2010, Mares possessed and sold methamphetamine and was in possession of one-quarter pound of methamphetamine and a handgun when police served a search warrant at his home.
   Mares has a previous felony conviction for cocaine distribution.
   This case was investigated by the city of Bend Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and was prosecuted by special assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Gunnels.