News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Graham, WA. Man Gets 15 for Trafficking in Prescription Narcotics

FEB 19 -- (SEATTLE) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that Myron Cosmo Curry was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez to 15 years imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

The investigation was initiated after a cooperating witness reported to federal investigators that over a ten month time period, he had sold $1.2 million dollars of Oxycontin pills to Deborah Dominique, in Seattle, Washington. In early March 2006, the cooperating witness arranged for another sale of Oxycontin to Dominique. Dominique sent $454,000 cash to the cooperating witness, which was seized by law enforcement. On March 3, 2006, law enforcement delivered 25,000 placebo Oxycontin pills to Dominique and shortly thereafter, Curry arrived and took possession of the pills. As Curry departed, he was arrested with the 25,000 placebo Oxycontin pills. Curry was found to have a handgun in the waistband of his pants. A search of Curry’s residence revealed he lived an expensive lifestyle with customized cars and motorcycles, despite having no legitimate means of income. At the time of Curry’s arrest, he was on pretrial release from King County for aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting in which several people were wounded.

At the time of sentencing U.S District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez stated, “he knew (the drug dealing) was causing devastation and pain to many people but he did if for the money and the drugs.” Choking back tears, Curry apologized and blamed his drug addiction for his crimes.

"The DEA is committed to keeping our community safe from those who facilitate and enable the abuse of highly addictive prescription narcotic drugs, such as Oxycontin which can have deadly consequences. The DEA will continue to work with all of our partners in law enforcement, as we did in this case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Auburn Police Department and the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, to target those who divert these drugs into the illicit market," said Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin.