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Career Offender Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Selling Crack in Old Town

April 17, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - Barry Clay Walker, 44, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced yesterday by U. S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown to 120 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base ("crack" cocaine). The conviction stemmed from a June 2011 investigation conducted by the Portland Police Bureau's Street Crimes Unit in Portland's Old Town neighborhood. Officers conducted surveillance, interviewed buyers, and made recorded calls to Walker to arrange for a purchase of crack cocaine. On the evening of June 15, 2011, Walker was arrested and agents recovered just over three grams of crack from his vehicle.

Walker is a career offender based on his significant criminal history, including three felony convictions for drug distribution, and one conviction for compelling prostitution in 2002. According to prosecutors, Walker's prior state court sentences of 18 and 20 months for drug-distribution did not effectively deter him from continuing to engage in drug-dealing. When he finished serving his prison sentence for his last felony drug conviction, Walker went back to dealing cocaine less than one year after his release.

In 2011, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, together with the Portland Police Bureau, launched the Drug Impact Initiative, a targeted effort to reduce drug trafficking in designated areas that have historically played unwilling host to a high volume of drug dealers. Because of his career offender status, Walker faced much stiffer penalties in federal court where prosecutors are engaged in a joint effort with local law enforcement to make the drug trade in our downtown commercial district less appealing for dealers. A driving force behind designating certain drug impact areas is the fact that there are several drug treatment and rehabilitation centers therein - locations with ready-made customers who are trying to fight addiction, but who must pass by dealers on their way to and from treatment. "In our efforts to combat drug trafficking, it is critical that we protect those seeking treatment for drug addiction," said U. S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. "This 10-year prison sentence serves to put repeat offenders on notice - if you do not get the message after two convictions for drug-dealing, we welcome you to federal court."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah K. Bolstad.

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