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Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to 160 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington
Spokane, Washington Man Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jason Michael Clark, age 46, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on May 30, 2019, to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Senior United States District Judge Robert H. Whaley sentenced Clark to a 160-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, members of the Spokane Police Department, Patrol Anti-Crime Team (“PACT”) encountered Clark leaving a residence as they were arresting another individual who had an outstanding warrant.  Officers subsequently determined that Clark left a backpack in the residence’s driveway.  A search of Clark’s abandoned backpack revealed that it contained over 50 grams of methamphetamine and drug-trafficking paraphernalia.  

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “The federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who worked on this case should be commended for their ongoing commitment to investigate aggressively individuals trafficking in methamphetamine.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington will similarly continue its ongoing commitment to prosecute methamphetamine traffickers and to seek appropriate punishment for their criminal conduct.”

This case was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for violent crime in the Eastern District of Washington and pursue criminal prosecution.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force, the Spokane Police Department PACT, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Patrick J. Cashman, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated August 20, 2019

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Press Release Number: 2:18-CR-00183-RHW