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Defendant Sold Cocaine and Crack to Informant

September 11, 2009

SHAWN A. GOLDFINCH, 27, of Vancouver, Washington, was arrested last night by members of the Safe Streets Task Force on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of dealing cocaine and crack cocaine. GOLDFINCH will make his initial appearance today.

According to the criminal complaint, GOLDFINCH sold cocaine to a confidential informant working with police on February 4, 2009, March 16, 2009, and March 24, 2009. All the drug sales occurred in Vancouver, Washington. The drug deals were captured in audio recordings made by the confidential informant. Prior to the investigation, GOLDFINCH was identified as a member of the “Nortenos” street gang. The gang formed in the 1960s in California, and across the country gang members are involved in crimes of violence, drug trafficking, firearms violations, extortion, and intimidation.

If convicted, GOLDFINCH is facing a mandatory minimum five years in prison up to 40 years in prison.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Safe Streets Task Force made up of officers and agents of the FBI, Vancouver Police Department (VDP), Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections. The Safe Streets Task Force was formed to combat violent gang crime in the Vancouver, Washington area.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mike Dion.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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