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LAST SNOHOMISH COUNTY BURGLAR PLEADS GUILTY IN PHARMACY BURGLARY SCHEME
Conspirators Broke into Pharmacies In Northwest and West Coast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2009

BRIAN P. GREEN, 29, of Marysville, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to conspiring to burglarize pharmacies, burglarizing pharmacies, and distributing oxycodone, in the Pacific Northwest. These offenses are punishable by up to twenty years imprisonment and a one million dollar fine.

GREEN was part of a prolific pharmacy burglary ring in the Marysville, Washington, area which burglarized pharmacies over a four-state area, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California, between 2004 and 2006. During this time, Washington State lead the country in the number of nighttime pharmacy burglaries committed.

The burglaries were committed during the late evening/early morning hours, when the
pharmacies were closed for business. Drugs removed from the pharmacies included the pharmacies’ inventories of highly abused substances such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, meperidine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and amphetamines, among other Schedule II and III controlled substances. Numerous pharmacies were burglarized by GREEN and others working with him during the period of the conspiracy. GREEN’s actions included breaking into the pharmacies and taking and distributing the drugs.

Pharmacy burglaries in which GREEN participated, included:

a. The January 27, 2005, burglary of Black Oak Pharmacy, 2620-I Bennett Road, in Medford, Oregon, during which controlled substances with a replacement cost to the pharmacy of approximately $2,400 were taken.

b. The January 9, 2006, burglary of Everett Clinic Pharmacy, 3909 Hoyt Avenue, in Everett, Washington, during which controlled substances with a replacement cost to the pharmacy of approximately $7,232 were taken.

c. The January 16, 2006, burglary of Oak Tree Pharmacy, 2940 Commercial Street, SE, in Salem, Oregon, during which controlled substances with a replacement cost to the pharmacy of approximately $13,695 were taken.

d. The March 18, 2006, burglary of Everett Clinic Pharmacy, 3909 Hoyt Avenue, in Everett, Washington, during which controlled substances with a replacement cost to the pharmacy of approximately $5,110 were taken.

e. The October 30, 2006, burglary of Hilton Pharmacy, 220 State Avenue, in Marysville, Washington, during which controlled substances with a replacement cost to the pharmacy of approximately $6,365 were taken.

On November 1, 2006, GREEN was stopped by police driving a vehicle in Lake Stevens, Washington. Several hundred oxycodone pills were found in the vehicle which GREEN intended to distribute to others. A semi-automatic pistol was also recovered. A follow-up search of GREEN’s residence revealed additional quantities of pharmaceutical controlled substances which were seized.

As part of his plea agreement, GREEN agreed to pay restitution to the pharmacies for the physical damage caused by the burglary and for the value of the drugs taken.

Thousands of pills were taken by the burglars during the burglaries. The burglars could achieve a profit of up to $100,000 per burglary by selling the drugs at a mark-up in an illicit market. Eighty milligram oxycodone tablets sell in the Seattle area for as much as $80 per pill. These drugs are highly addictive and their non-prescribed use has resulted in serious medical calamities, including overdose and death, to individuals in the State of Washington between 2004 and the present.

GREEN is the 26th and last defendant to be charged and convicted in this case. Prior to GREEN, 25 Snohomish County individuals have entered felony guilty pleas in United States District Court for their role in the drug distribution scheme. Those who have pleaded guilty and been sentenced include: Joshua James, 29; Kenneth Graham, 29; Dale MacDonald, 24; Colin Walmsley, 33; Robert Calkins, 26; Jacob Clark, 23; Michael Hinkle, 39; Ivan Stoutenburg, 31; Jeremy Swanson, 30; James Phillips, 24; David Palfrey, 30; Anthony Houser, 28; Ty Nelles, 30; James Patty, 30; Brent Murray, 30; Sarah Murray, 31; Michael McConnell, 26; Lyle Woods, 32; Jennifer Hinkle, 34; Todd Downes, 27; Christopher Johnson, Sr., 55; Christopher Johnson, Jr., 32; Alex Brand, 23; Cory Marquardt, 29; and Matthew Crouthamel, 30.

The conviction of GREEN marks the conclusion of the criminal investigation of this pharmacy burglary scheme. All of the principal burglars, distributors, and facilitators, have been convicted.

Since this prosecution was initiated, the number of pharmacy burglaries has dropped dramatically within the State of Washington. As long as such incidents do occur, however, and as long as pharmacies and other medical establishments remain a target of such criminal activity, federal law enforcement will maintain an active presence in this area.

GREEN is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik on April 10, 2009.

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), and several local law enforcement agencies.

The case was 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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