News Release
December 03, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Repeat Offender Gets Nine Years in Nine Kilo Cocaine
Distribution Conspiracy Case

DEC 03 -- (Seattle) - DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan announced that on November 30, 2009, Paul Dennis Nagan was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Nagan was arrested in July 2009, as one of the middlemen in a conspiracy to move cocaine to Alaska.

According to records in the case, and statements at the sentencing hearing, the cocaine conspiracy was discovered after an Oregon State Police Officer made a routine traffic stop and determined the car contained a nine-kilogram shipment of cocaine. Subsequently, Nagan was arrested in Western Washington with a backpack that contained $230,000. He was taken into custody as he arrived to meet with a drug courier and exchange the $230,000 for the cocaine.

Nagan has a lengthy criminal history, with approximately 45 different convictions over the last 23 years. He has convictions for drug possession, illegal weapons possession, assault, resisting arrest, and theft.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oregon State Police.