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Defendant Obtained and Distributed Thousands of Prescription Narcotics

September 12, 2008

TIMOTHY RAY BLAND, 28, of Everett, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone. BLAND distributed thousands of Oxycodone pills every few weeks that he obtained from a source in California. BLAND paid hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time for as many as 9,000 pills. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez approved a negotiated sentence that requires BLAND to serve his federal sentence at the same time as he serves a state sentence of 12 years for a kidnaping and rape conviction.

According to records filed in the case, BLAND was identified by law enforcement as they attempted to determine the source of Oxycodone pills being distributed in the Kitsap County area. The investigation eventually lead to BLAND, a major distributor in the Everett area. On June 2, 2007, BLAND gave another conspirator more than $295,000 in cash to pay for a 9,000 pill shipment. Including BLAND, a total of 5 people were charged in Federal District Court in Seattle as part of this scheme, one of whom was the supplier who was transporting the drugs to Seattle from Los Angeles. Prior to BLAND’s indictment for this drug crime, he was charged in Snohomish County with kidnaping and rape.

In a negotiated settlement to resolve both the Snohomish County and federal cases, BLAND pleaded guilty in federal court on June 10, 2008. Under the terms of the plea agreement, BLAND’s federal prison term is ten years, to be served concurrently with the twelve year state sentence.

At sentencing BLAND told Judge Martinez that he “had remorse for the pills he sold, because now his brother is addicted to them.”

The case was investigated by the Bremerton Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Vogel.

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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