A suspect has been identified in a 2012 double-homicide in Oregon that claimed the life of 32-year-old Richmond resident Everardo Mendez-Ceja and led to a large-scale drug bust known as Operation Trojan Horse.
A trial connected to Operation Trojan Horse began Monday in Southern Oregon, and during testimony a detective in the case identified Mendez-Ceja’s suspected killer as Joaquin Lopez,
Jose Buenaventura Vinals, facing trial Monday on drugs and racketeering charges, helped authorities identify Lopez as the suspect, the detective testified.
Mendez-Ceja and Richardo Jauregui were fatally shot and their bodies were found October 2012 just outside Bonanza, Ore., near Klamath Falls. Jauregui’s truck was found burned-out several miles away.