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Defendant has multiple drug convictions from California and Arizona

January 6, 2006

GALEN JOSEPH TRIGG, 33, of Longview, Washington, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. TRIGG was sentenced in Tacoma, Washington by U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess. Under federal law, TRIGG will serve 85% of his sentence if he is credited with good time.

According to court records, TRIGG was arrested in Oregon following a traffic stop in February, 2004. At the time a search of his car revealed a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a Colt .38 caliber revolver, and suspected methamphetamine and other suspected unlawful narcotics. TRIGG was already under investigation by law enforcement in western Washington for selling methamphetamine and two handguns to an undercover informant. TRIGG has previous felony convictions for drug possession in 1993 and 2000 in Arizona, and in California for Drug Possession and Sale in 1996.

TRIGG was indicted in March, 2004, and was arrested August 26, 2004. TRIGG pleaded guilty on March 31, 2005. In sentencing TRIGG, the judge acknowledged that drug abuse can ruin lives, and he responded favorably to an impassioned plea from TRIGG’S wife that her husband had undergone a remarkable change for the better since his incarceration.

TRIGG was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, with assistance from the Longview Police Department and the Clatskanie Police Department, Clatskanie, Oregon. The case was prosecuted by William H. Redkey, Jr.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206)553-4110.

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