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Conspirators Broke into Pharmacies In Northwest and West Coast

May 1, 2009

BRIAN P. GREEN, 29, of Marysville, Washington, appeared today in U.S. District Court in Seattle and was sentenced to 54 months in prison for conspiring to burglarize pharmacies and distribute oxycodone in the Pacific Northwest.

GREEN was part of a prolific pharmacy burglary ring in the Marysville, Washington area which targeted pharmacies over a 4-State area, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California, between 2004 and 2006. During this time, Washington state lead the country in the number of pharmacy burglaries committed.

At the time of sentencing, GREEN stated that he had become addicted to oxycodone as a result of a motorcycle accident, and thereafter began burglarizing pharmacies as a way to satisfy his drug addiction, and earn profit by selling controlled pharmaceuticals to other drug abusers. Thousands of pills containing oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and methadone, were distributed by GREEN and his co-conspirators.

In addition to being sentenced to imprisonment, GREEN was ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacies for physical damage caused during the burglaries and for the value of the drugs taken.

GREEN is the 26th and final 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 this burglary and drug distribution scheme, including principal burglars Joshua James, 29, Kenneth Graham, 29, and Dale MacDonald.

This prosecution, which included the combined efforts of federal and state law enforcement in several jurisdictions has had a significant impact on the rate of pharmacy burglaries. From 2007 forward, the number of pharmacy burglaries has dropped dramatically within the State of Washington. As long as such incidents do occur, however, and as long pharmacies and other medical establishments remain a target of related criminal activity, federal law enforcement will remain vigilant in this area.

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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