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Arlington Rite-Aid Targeted

January 7, 2008

DEREK LINDSTROM, 20, and RANDON GILFILLAN, 18, of Burlington, Washington, were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle by Judge James L. Robart to prison for their roles in robbing a Rite-Aid Pharmacy in Arlington, Washington.

LINDSTROM was sentenced to 41 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, for his role in entering the pharmacy with a gun and demanding oxycodone. GILFILLAN, who acted as the getaway driver, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release.

Court documents indicate that on July 21, 2007, LINDSTROM entered the Rite-Aid Pharmacy, located at 17226 Smokey Point Boulevard, in Arlington, Washington, during daylight hours, intending to rob the pharmacy by demanding oxycodone. Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance and highly addictive prescription opiate. LINDSTROM approached the pharmacy counter, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, but was a pellet gun, and demanded oxycodone. The pharmacist complied with LINDSTROM’s demand and delivered several bottles of oxycodone pills to LINDSTROM. LINDSTROM then left the pharmacy with the drugs and was driven away by GILFILLAN. They took the drugs to a residence in Burlington, Washington, where they were arrested later that day by Burlington and Arlington Police officers. The drugs (approximately 1,700 pills) and weapon used were recovered.

As part of their sentences, LINDSTROM and GILFILLAN were ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacy for the more than $9,000 in drugs taken in the robbery.

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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