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Spokane Man Sentenced to More Than 22 Years in Prison Following Seizure of Large Quantity of Fentanyl-Laced Pills in Spokane Valley, Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Spokane, Washington - Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jordy Scott Deboer, age 32, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Methamphetamine and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 400 Grams or More of Fentanyl. United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice imposed a sentence of 272 months imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to court documents and information presented at the sentencing hearing, on March 30, 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force executed several federal search warrants at the Motel 6 in Spokane Valley, Washington. 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 more than $13,000 in US Currency. Deboer and Matthew Sailors (a.k.a. Rabbit) were arrested.

Prior to this incident, Deboer was previously arrested and federally indicted for trafficking in large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl 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.

A short time after Deboer’s release from custody to attend inpatient treatment, 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 drug trafficking activities, to include selling fentanyl pills. Law enforcement acted quickly, obtaining multiple federal search warrants.  During the execution of the search warrants, Deboer was encountered in a hallway of the motel.  When he saw law enforcement approaching him, Deboer took out a loaded firearm out of his waistband and threw it. Deboer also dropped a large black duffle bag that contained a large amount of controlled substances and tried to run away.  He was quickly caught.

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On September 6, 2023, Sailors pleaded guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute 400 Grams or More of a Mixture or Substance Containing Fentanyl.  On December 13, 2023, Sailors was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.

“The significant amount of illicit drugs seized in this case demonstrates the need for law enforcement intervention to address the fentanyl crisis. I am grateful for the quick actions of the Safe Streets Task Force and the prosecutors in my office, who have worked to stop Mr. Deboer’s drug trafficking activities, including after he was released from custody after his initial indictment,” stated U.S. Attorney Waldref. “My office will continue to relentlessly remove deadly fentanyl and other narcotics from Eastern  Washington communities and will hold accountable those who seek to profit from the illicit sale of illegal drugs.”

“Mr. DeBoer’s previous time in custody did not deter him from engaging in the same type of activities which resulted in his prior incarceration.” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office. “Each Fentanyl pill that remains on the street has the potential to destroy the life, not only of the person taking it, but also of the people who loved and cared for them. The FBI and our partners will continue the work of removing these dangerous drugs off our streets.”

This case was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin Baunsgard.


Robert Curry 

Public Affairs Specialist 

Updated July 10, 2024

Drug Trafficking