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GRAHAM MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING IN PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS
Defendant Carried Gun While Claiming 25,000 fake OxyContin Pills in DEA Sting

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February 15, 2008

MYRON COSMO CURRY, 28, of Graham, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. The firearm charge carries a mandatory 60 month term to run consecutive to the sentence for the drug charge. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said, “he knew (the drug dealing) was causing devastation and pain to many people but he did it for the money and the drugs.”

According to records filed in the case, CURRY was arrested March 3, 2006, after picking up some 25,000 fake OxyContin pills from a co-conspirator. CURRY had a handgun shoved in the waistband of his trousers at the time of his arrest. CURRY was indicted March 29, 2006, and pleaded guilty January 29, 2007.

The investigation of CURRY began with a cooperating witness in Los Angeles, California. The witness told federal investigators he had sold 68,000 OxyContin pills worth $1.2 million over a ten month period. The pills were sent to a co-conspirator in the Seattle area, Deborah Dominique. In early March 2006, the witness set up another sale with Dominique. Dominique sent $454,000 cash to the cooperating witness in Los Angeles and told him her associate really wanted the pills saying “...as long as we can get it [oxycodone] faster to him because it’s like he wants it so fast that it’s like running water.” The cash was seized by law enforcement.

On March 3, 2006, undercover agents delivered 25,000 placebo pills to Dominique. Just after the delivery, CURRY arrived at Dominique’s condo and took possession of the pills. While at the condo, Dominique was on the phone with the cooperating witness in Los Angeles, ordering more pills. Dominique made it clear on the phone call that her connection for the pills was at the condo. CURRY was arrested shortly after leaving the condo with the placebo pills in his possession. A search of CURRY’s home revealed he lived an expensive lifestyle with customized cars and motorcycles, despite having no legitimate employment. At the time of his arrest he was on pretrial release from King County for aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting in which several people were wounded.

At sentencing Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi told the court that CURRY was a “wannabe gangster.” Lombardi said CURRY, “wants to portray himself and a businessman when what he really is, is a drug dealer ...peddling poison.” Even CURRY’s defense attorney agreed with the characterization of CURRY as a “wannabe gangster.” The attorney stated CURRY was “on his way to hell,” but had turned his life around since being incarcerated. Choking back tears CURRY apologized and blamed his drug addition for his crimes.

“The DEA is committed to keeping our community safe from those who facilitate and enable the abuse of highly addictive prescription narcotic drugs, such as Oxycontin which can have deadly consequences,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin. “The DEA will continue to work with all of our partners in law enforcement, as we did in this case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Auburn Police Department and the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, to target those who divert these drugs into the illicit market.”

Co-conspirator Deborah Dominique was sentenced to 84 months in prison in December 2006.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Auburn Police Department, the Valley Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.

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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