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FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force Seizes a Large Quantity of Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Pills in Spokane Valley, Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington
Approximately 80,000 Fentanyl Pills Seized

Spokane, Washington – Vanessa R. Waldref, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of multiple local law enforcement partners, executed several federal search warrants at the Motel 6 in Spokane Valley, Washington on March 30, 2023. As a result of the execution of these search warrants, the Task Force seized approximately 24.7 pounds of fentanyl-laced pills (approx. 83,000 pills), 2 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of cocaine, as well as 2 firearms, and over $13,000 in US Currency. Two individuals, Jordy Deboer and Matthew Sailors (a.k.a. Rabbit) were also arrested and have been federally indicted.

Prior to this incident, Deboer was previously arrested and federally indicted for allegedly trafficking in large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced pills from the Tri-Cities, Washington area to the Spokane, Washington area. After his indictment, Deboer was released from federal custody to attend inpatient drug treatment.

According to information provided in court documents and proceedings, a short time after Deboer’s release from custody, the Safe Streets Task Force received information he had re-engaged in drug trafficking activities, this time with Sailors. Deboer and Sailors were located at the Motel 6 in Spokane Valley engaging in apparent drug trafficking activities. Law enforcement acted quickly, obtaining multiple federal search warrants that resulted in the large seizure of controlled substances.

U.S. Attorney Waldref commended the joint efforts of law enforcement, which acted quickly to remove dangerous controlled substances from our community. “Illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, continue to harm our communities. I’m grateful for the FBI Safe Streets Task Force’s strong partnership with local law enforcement that resulted in the seizure and removal of dangerous narcotics –including over 24 pounds of fentanyl-laced pills – from the streets of Spokane.”

This ongoing case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of agents of the FBI and United States Border Patrol, as well as detectives for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane Valley Police Department, and the Washington State Department of Corrections. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin Baunsgard.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Richard Barker 
Assistant United States Attorney and Public Affairs Officer
509-835-6311 or

Updated April 20, 2023

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