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Oregon Man Sentenced for Growing Marijuana in Northern Idaho

MARCH 08 (COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho) –– Justin Edward Egner, 36, of Springfield, Oregon, the fifth defendant in a multi-state marijuana trafficking operation, was sentenced on March 5, 2013,  in United States District Court.  Egner was sentenced to 40 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Egner was also ordered to forfeit $75,000 and a number of vehicles to the United States. He pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2012.

Court documents and statements made during the plea hearing indicate that between January 2008 and July 2010, Egner conspired with others, including co-defendants, to grow marijuana on property owned by Robert Baucum in Naples, Idaho. The conspiracy involved at least 100 kilograms of marijuana. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized marijuana, marijuana growing equipment, vehicles, over $50,000 in currency and precious metals, and over $1 million in real estate.

In November 2012, four co-conspirators were sentenced to serve federal prison sentences.  Robert Wayne Baucum, 57, of Scio, Oregon, was sentenced to 70 months; Charles Albert Goodenough, 41, of Houston, Alaska, to 37 months; Ronald Clifford Underwood, 55, of Albany, Oregon, to 34 months; and Raymond Earl Hogle, 51, of Albany Oregon, to 21 months.  The men were also ordered to serve between three and five years of supervised release following their prison terms.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Idaho State Police, Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon) and the Alaska State Troopers.

The investigation was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

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