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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Orville Washington Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Connection to His Leadership in a Drug Distribution Network

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jason C. Youker, age 42, of Oroville, Washington, was sentenced yesterday, after a jury previously found him guilty on December 16, 2015, of 32 felony counts relating to his leadership of a drug distribution network. The felony counts included conspiracy to distribute heroin and 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, distribution of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug-

trafficking offense, and felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Youker was found to be possession of fifteen firearms. United States District Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr., sentenced Youker to a 240 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, beginning in October of 2012 and continuing until Youker’s arrest on September 17, 2014, Youker led a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin from a private compound located on Gold Mountain near Republic, Washington. Youker was in the process of constructing a residence on the compound and paid some of his workers in heroin. Evidence showed that Youker used the compound to cut and package heroin and methamphetamine for sale and buried it on the compound. Youker and would then disclose the locations of heroin and methamphetamine to subordinates or customers by text message. At sentencing, Youker was held responsible for 178 grams of heroin, 294 grams of actual methamphetamine, and 155 grams of “ice” or crystalized methamphetamine. Several of the firearms were discovered in a cache of firearms hidden on his property. Firearms were also found in a garden area and in two trailers located on the compound.

Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “The distribution of heroin and methamphetamine poses a serious issue to the health and welfare of everyone in our communities, including those who become addicted. Youker’s sentence of twenty years reflects the seriousness of his criminal conduct and his role as the leader of this drug distribution network.”

Mr. Ormsby further stated, “This joint federal, state and local agency investigation demonstrates the dedication of our agents and officers and the willingness to utilize resources at every level of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking violations that occur within this District.”

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the North-Central Washington Narcotics Task Force, the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Republic Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Timothy J. Ohms and Matthew F. Duggan, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Press Release Number: 
2:14-CR-00152-SMJ-1
Updated May 26, 2016