EUGENE, Ore.—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon today announced that two California men have been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from California to the Oregon.
Jack Scott Lewis, 36, of Los Angeles, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison and five years of probation. Previously, on June 6, 2022, Lewis’ accomplice Michael Panoosi, 56, also of California, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release.
According to court documents, in December 2019, detectives from the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) began investigating Panoosi, a California-based drug trafficker, for transporting large amounts of methamphetamine from California to Oregon. for distribution and sale in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane counties. Investigators learned that Panoosi carried several dozen pounds of methamphetamine on each trip from California and was known to use a driver to transport and deliver drugs. Panoosi had several previous drug convictions.
On October 11, 2020, Panoosi, Lewis and another person were seen driving through northern California towards Oregon. DINT detectives pulled over and searched the group’s vehicle in Douglas County and found 46 pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of heroin. Detectives found more methamphetamine and three handguns in Lewis’s backpack. Two of the guns were loaded, two had erased serial numbers and one had a high capacity magazine. Another handgun and drug packaging material were found in Panoosi’s backpack.
On October 15, 2020, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned indictments charging Lewis and Panoosi with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in connection with a felony trafficking drug.
On March 8, 2022, Panoosi pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Later, on June 6, 2022, Lewis pleaded guilty to the same charge.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States DINT. He was prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.
Formed in October 1989, the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team is a special investigative unit formed to combat illegal narcotics activity in Douglas County. DINT member agencies include Douglas County, including the Offices of the Douglas County Sheriff and District Attorney, Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police, and Police Department of Roseburg.