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Drug Trafficker/Accomplice Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

MAR 24 (EUGENE, Ore.) –Nikita Rose Garcia, 28, a former resident of Douglas County, Oregon, was sentenced on March 22, 2016, to five years in prison and four years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for aiding in the distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.  Garcia previously pleaded guilty in November 2015 for assisting another individual who was armed with a firearm in the distribution of 1.244 kilograms of methamphetamine in Douglas and Benton Counties. 

On August 6, 2014, a Benton County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a car in which Garcia was a passenger near Monroe, Oregon.  The driver attempted to elude the deputy by driving at speeds over 100 mph.  The car crashed through a fence and collided with a piece of farm equipment.  The driver fled and avoided arrest, but Garcia was apprehended.  In the car, deputies found methamphetamine and a loaded pistol.

On September 15, 2014, U.S. Marshals arrested the alleged driver, Greyson Scott Lindenfelser, on federal drug and firearm charges and Oregon kidnapping and drug charges outside a motel in Creswell, Oregon.  On January 21, 2015, a federal grand jury indictment charged Lindenfelser with being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm, possessing a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime, and distribution of methamphetamine.  He has pleaded not guilty and is pending trials in federal and Douglas County courts. 

This case was jointly investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Corvallis Police Department, and resulted in the seizure of a total of 1.913 kilograms of methamphetamine, two pistols and 37 hydrocodone tablets. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R Papagni, Jr., with the assistance of Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson and Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg.

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