News Release
September 26, 2007
Contact: Rhett Fonseca
Number: 206 553-1251

Washington Man Nets 65 Months In Federal Prison For Pharmacy Burglary And Drug Distribution Scheme

SEP 26 -- (Washington) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin and United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeff Sullivan, announced the sentencing in federal court of a 24 year old Lake Stevens, Washington resident. Dale MacDonald was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for a conviction resulting from his involvement in a pharmacy burglary and drug distribution scheme.

MacDonald pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burglarize pharmacies, burglarizing pharmacies, and distributing narcotics stolen from the pharmacies. MacDonald joined with other Snohomish County men in burglarizing pharmacies throughout the Pacific Northwest over a 2-year period from 2004 to 2006. Specific burglaries admitted by the defendant included pharmacies in Snohomish, Washington, Salem, Oregon, Sutherlin, Oregon, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and Everett, Washington.

The modes of operandi of the group consisted of braking into the pharmacies during the late evening or early morning hours while the pharmacies were closed for business. The telephone lines leading to the pharmacies were cut by the burglars prior to breaking into each pharmacy in order to disable the pharmacy’s remote alarm. The burglars wore gloves so as not to leave fingerprints, and once inside, the burglars collected powerful narcotics, including thousands of pills containing oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, meperidine, fentanyl, and amphetamines, among other Schedule II and III controlled substances. The drugs were transported to the Marysville, Washington area, where they were sold to others. MacDonald’s involvement was breaking into the pharmacies, locating and removing drugs, and distributing the drugs to others, all of which he did in return for the money earned through the unlawful conduct.

The investigation is continuing and charges against additional participants in this criminal network are anticipated. Other departments and agencies participating in the investigation included the Marysville, Washington Police Department, Snohomish, Washington Police Department, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Police Department, Salem, Oregon, Police Department, Sutherlin, Oregon Police Department, and Everett, December 6, 2006.