The operator of a number of ‘clean and sober’ residential facilities in Snohomish County, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison and five years of supervised release for drug trafficking crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. TIMOTHY REHBERG, 50, of Everett was arrested on February 9, 2016, following an investigation that revealed he was dealing illegal drugs. In a search of the office at the primary I.C. Clean People Recovery Housing, Incorporated facility in Everett, authorities located approximately one pound of crystal methamphetamine, a quarter pound of heroin, small quantities of marijuana, oxycodone and methadone, and a loaded .38 caliber revolver. REHBERG pleaded guilty in September 2016 to possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said, “there is no excuse for having that loaded firearm in the safe.”
“As the operator of a clean and sober house, this defendant knew better than most the devastation caused by drug addiction, said U. S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “It is outrageous that he chose to run his drug operation out of such a facility. His conduct certainly is deserving of a significant penalty.”
According to various records in state and federal court, REHBERG came to the attention of law enforcement in December 2015, when a witness identified him as someone selling methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Further investigation confirmed REHBERG’s identity and his occupation as the owner and operator of a chain of clean and sober housing facilities under the name ‘I.C. Clean People Recovery Housing.’ The person working with law enforcement made four purchases of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana, from REHBERG. REHBERG is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions as well as an active protection order from a domestic partner. REHBERG admitted he was the only person with access to the safe where the gun was stored and that he had it in connection with his drug trafficking activities.
The investigation was led by the DEA and SPD with assistance from Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Siddharth Velamoor.