Armed Drug Traffickers from Marion and Linn County Receive Federal Prison Sentences
EUGENE, Ore. – On Thursday, February 8, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Eric Nathaniel Agee, 39, of Linn County, Oregon, to 15 years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine and a stolen firearm. The day prior, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Judge Aiken sentenced Shawna Marie Smith, 30, also a resident of Linn County, to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting Agee in distribution of methamphetamine. Agee and Smith had previously pleaded guilty to the crimes for which they were sentenced on August 22 and 23, 2017, respectively.
According to court documents and statements, on March 16, 2016, Agee and Smith were arrested after delivering 112 grams of methamphetamine to a hotel room in Marion County and 100 grams to a rest stop in Linn County. A stolen and loaded .22 caliber pistol was found under the front seat of their vehicle. Police later seized an additional 260 grams of methamphetamine and $2,117 in cash from a hotel room the Agee and Smith had previously occupied.
Agee had prior felony convictions for possession and delivery of methamphetamine and was on post-prison supervision when he committed these crimes. Smith had a prior felony conviction for possession of heroin and was on probation when arrested.
The defendants’ guilty pleas, admissions of guilt and sentencing recommendations were part of plea agreements negotiated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, Linn County District Attorney Douglas Marteeny and Marion County District Attorney Walter Beglau.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Oregon State Police, the Benton and Linn County Sheriff’s Offices, and the City of Albany Police Department. It was prosecuted by Frank R. Papagni Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, with the assistance of Marion County Deputy District Attorneys Keir Boettcher and Katie Suver.