A Mexican national who was residing in Marion County, Oregon has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in the 2019 kidnapping and murder of a Washington State man, as well as other drug trafficking crimes. Marcos Alonso Castillo-Bernal, aged 48, has been sentenced to 312 months in federal prison, with 10 years of supervised release.
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) began investigating a Mexican drug trafficking organization (DTO) in 2018, which was responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit OxyContin in the Portland area. In January 2019, Castillo-Bernal took charge of the DTO and, together with his co-conspirators, was directly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in Portland and its surrounding areas.
Castillo-Bernal and his accomplices kidnapped, held hostage, and brutally murdered Ricardo Corral-Moreno of Olympia, Washington, between April 9-13, 2019, and disposed of his body in a rural area near Molalla, Oregon. Castillo-Bernal and his partners targeted Corral-Moreno because he owed money to Castillo-Bernal and other individuals. Investigators found ligature marks on Corral-Moreno's wrists, which were consistent with him being tied up, It was determined the victim died from blunt force injuries to the back of his head. Castillo-Bernal's DNA was also found on Corral-Moreno's left cheek and ankle.
Castillo-Bernal was charged with several drug trafficking crimes and his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Corral-Moreno in an unsealed superseding indictment on January 6, 2022. He appeared in federal court the same day for his initial hearing. On January 18, 2023, Castillo-Bernal pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute controlled substances, conspiring to commit kidnapping resulting in death, and illegally reentering the U.S.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Portland Police Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF) conducted the investigation, while the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon prosecuted the case.