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Canby Man Sentenced to 140 Months in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore.  – U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez today sentenced Darrell Michael Ostlund, 33, of Canby, Oregon, to 140 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  The sentencing follows Ostlund’s guilty plea on February 15, 2013.

This investigation began on April 9, 2012, when an Oregon State Police trooper stopped a car travelling 85 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, near Canby, Oregon.  The defendant was a passenger in that car and a small safe near his feet contained methamphetamine and packaging material.  

A warrant was issued when the defendant failed to appear on earlier charges and on June 15, 2012, Canby police detectives arrested Ostlund after seeing him with others at a Wilsonville motel.  When he resisted arrest, defendant was subdued; officers found two hotel room keys in his possession.  Subsequent searches of the hotel rooms found two large baggies of methamphetamine and $3,271 in currency.  The federal indictment charging Ostlund with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine was returned on September 5, 2012. 

On October 17, 2012, a Portland Police officer saw defendant in a southeast Portland apartment complex driving a suspected stolen car.  Ostlund became agitated, and fled, only to be struck by a Taser.  When Ostlund fell to the ground, the Taser prongs dislodged and he was able to flee, until a K-9 unit arrived.  He was located hiding in the complex, and arrested.  A search of his vehicle revealed a plastic box hidden under the hood, containing a large quantity of methamphetamine and $1,365 in currency.

Court records show the defendant first used marijuana at age 15, began using methamphetamine at age 17, and turned to cocaine at age 18.  He was a 1998 graduate of Canby High School, where he played football all four years and was selected as an all-conference player his senior year.  He had nine prior arrests and convictions and was on post-prison supervision abscond status at the time of his arrest in April, 2012.

The case was investigated by the Canby Police Department, Oregon State Police, Portland Police and the Marion County Probation Office.  Assistant U. S. Attorney John Haub prosecuted the case.

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