News Release
November 18, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Arizona Man Sentenced to Six Years for Oxycodone Distibution

NOV 18 -- (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 on November 14, 2008, Lee Knox, 56, of Phoenix, Arizona was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone and other pharmaceutical drugs.

Knox transported tens of thousands of oxycodone pills every few weeks from a source in Los Angeles to the Seattle area. Knox made hundreds of thousands of dollars through the drug distribution, and as part of his sentence he will be forfeiting two luxury automobiles, and more than $175,000 seized from his bank accounts.

In May 2007, Knox was identified as the source of supply for thousands of oxycodone pills delivered every few weeks to the Everett area. Knox would drive the pills north from Los Angeles with another co-conspirator, and would charge the customer in Seattle $33 per pill. The pills were then distributed in Kitsap and Snohomish counties. In one transaction, Knox provided 7,000 pills and collected more than $230,000 in cash. Knox was arrested on June 2, 2007, with more than 15,000 pills that were destined for distribution to two other conspirators in the Seattle area.

Two others have already received significant sentences in the case. Christopher Newton of Everett was sentenced to 40 months in prison, and Timothy Bland of Everett was sentenced to 117 months in prison.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bremerton Police Department and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.