Pacific Northwest Burglar Pleads Guilty in Pharmacy Scheme
JAN 07 -- (Seattle) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced that Brian P. Green pleaded guilty on January 6, 2009 to conspiring to burglarize pharmacies, burglarizing pharmacies, and distributing oxycodone, in the Pacific Northwest.
Between 2004 and 2006, Green was part of a prolific pharmacy burglary ring in the Marysville, Washington area which burglarized pharmacies over a four-state area, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. During this time period, Washington State led the country in the number of nighttime pharmacy burglaries committed.
On November 1, 2006, Green was stopped by police and was found to have a semi-automatic pistol and several hundred oxycodone pills in his vehicle, which he intended to distribute to others. A follow-up search of Green’s residence revealed additional quantities of pharmaceutical controlled substances.
Green is the 26 th and last defendant to be charged and convicted in this case and marks the conclusion of the criminal investigation of this pharmacy burglary scheme. Green is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik on April 10, 2009.
During the burglaries, thousands of pills were stolen and the burglars could achieve a profit of up to $100,000 per burglary by selling the drugs at a mark-up in an illicit market. In the Seattle area, an eighty milligram oxycodone tablet can sell for as much as $80 per pill. These drugs are highly addictive and their non-prescribed use has resulted in serious medical calamities, including overdoes and death.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Snohomish County Drug Task Force, Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA), Marysville, Everett, Medford and Salem Police Departments.