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Spokane Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Role in Violent Drug Trafficking Group
Organization distributed heroin & meth – involved in drive-by shootings

JAN 27 (SPOKANE, Wash.) –– Aarayana Leigh Malcolm, age 46, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on January 26, 2016, to a 15 year term of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.  Following her release from custody, the court ordered a 10 year term of court supervision. Malcom pleaded guilty to the charges on October 24, 2015.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on June 29, 2013, an improvised explosive device was detonated under a vehicle parked in the 5800 block of North Monroe in Spokane, Washington. This led to an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Spokane Police Department. Subsequently, the ATF discovered a connection to Malcolm. While initially seeming unrelated, a towing company had contacted the Spokane Police Department after discovering over 340 grams of pure methamphetamine and approximately 50 grams of black tar heroin in a vehicle Malcolm had been driving. With assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), it was learned that Malcolm was a leader of a drug trafficking organization that distributed multiple-pound-quantities of methamphetamine and heroin on a weekly basis during the first six months of 2013. The overall investigation resulted in the resolution of three drive-by shootings where two people were shot, the shootings were linked to members of Malcolm’s drug trafficking organization.

In addition to Malcolm’s conviction, seven other individuals associated with Malcolm’s drug trafficking organization were convicted and sentenced in the Eastern District of Washington, as a result of this lengthy investigation. These others include:

Siaosilepelenise L.Tuaimalo, age 34, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on January 6, 2016, to a 15 year term of imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.

Daniel C. Villalobos, age 36, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on January 12, 2016, to a 12 year term of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. 

Robert William Showers, age 47, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on October 8, 2015, to a four year term of imprisonment for felon in possession of explosives.

Adam Hankins, age 48, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on November 18, 2014, to a three year term of imprisonment for felon in possession of explosives.

Adam T. Layton, age 22, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on March 18, 2015, to a thirty month term of imprisonment for felon in possession of a firearm.

Nanukayet C. Finley, age 25, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on October 8, 2015, to a six month term of imprisonment for felon in possession of firearms.

J. Claassen, age 42, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on September 27, 2015, to a six month term of imprisonment for misprision of a felony.

This investigation was an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Spokane Police Department.

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