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Arlington Rite-Aid Targeted

October 11, 2007

ALICIA NIELSEN, 19, of Everett, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to robbing a Rite-Aid pharmacy in Arlington, Washington. Pharmacy robbery is a felony offense punishable by up to twenty years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

NIELSEN is the last of three defendants to plead guilty in the case.

Court documents indicate that on July 21, 2007, Derek Lindstrom and ALICIA NIELSEN entered the Rite-Aid pharmacy at 17226 Smokey Point Boulevard, in Arlington, Washington, during daylight hours, intending to rob the pharmacy to obtain oxycodone. Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance and highly addictive prescription opiate. Lindstrom approached the counter while NIELSEN stood nearby acting as a “lookout.” Lindstrom brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded all of the oxycodone. The pharmacist complied and delivered several bottles of oxycodone pills to Lindstrom and NIELSEN. Lindstrom and NIELSEN then left the pharmacy with the drugs and were driven away by Randon Gilfillan, who was waiting in a car outside. They took the drugs to a residence in Burlington, Washington, where they were arrested later that day. The drugs (approximately 1,700 pills) and weapon used were recovered. NIELSEN expected to receive drugs, and cash to be made upon the sale of some of the drugs, in return for her participation.

Lindstrom and Gilfillan have already pleaded guilty in connection with the robbery and are awaiting sentencing.

In addition to pleading guilty, NIELSEN and her co-defendants agreed to pay restitution to the pharmacy for the value of the drugs taken.

NIELSEN is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on January 14, 2008.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA), the Arlington Police Department and Burlington Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

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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