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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Violent Drug Dealer and Gang Member Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison

EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Steven Matthew Chambers, 33, of Eugene, to 132 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Following his prison sentence, Chambers will be on supervised release for 5 years.

In 2015, the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (INET) began investigating Chambers after receiving reliable information about his involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine. INET surveilled and monitored Chambers activity and, on February 16, 2016, followed him to Albany, Oregon where they observed him meeting with a methamphetamine dealer.

On his return trip to Eugene, Chambers’ vehicle was stopped and searched. A drug dog alerted to a container in his vehicle and he had $3,563 in cash on his person and a list of eleven firearms with prices. His residence was then searched pursuant to a warrant, and a safe with $9,500 cash and a small amount of methamphetamine was found. The next day, detectives found and executed a search warrant on Chambers’ other vehicle in Eugene, and discovered 4.7 pounds of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material.

Chambers was convicted previously in Oregon of second-degree assault in 2002, delivery of methamphetamine in 2007, and attempted first-degree assault in 2008. While serving an earlier prison sentence, Chambers committed multiple additional assaults. Chambers was known to law enforcement as a member of the West Side Gangsters.

This case was investigated by the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Eugene Resident Agency office of the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Jeffrey Sweet, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 15, 2017