April 26, 2013
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Phone Number: (206) 553-5443
Eugene Ecstasy Dealer Sentenced To Four Years In Prison
EUGENE, Ore. - Walter Thomas Swartz, 29, of Eugene, Oregon, was sentenced on April 23, 2013, to 48 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methylenedioxymethamphetamine, more commonly known as ecstasy or MDMA, and using the mail to distribute proceeds of that unlawful activity. Swartz was also ordered by the court to perform 300 hours of community service upon completion of his four year prison sentence.
In April 2012, investigators served a search warrant at Swartz’ home in Eugene and seized two and half pounds of ecstasy powder, 24 ecstasy pills, three pounds of dry psilocybin mushrooms, 27 grams of cocaine, four and half pounds of marijuana, a shotgun, a pistol and a mail package containing $16,000 in cash.
The return address on the package containing the $16,000 led investigators to a man in Colorado who Swartz met ten years earlier while both attended college in Oregon. The man admitted mailing the $16,000 and mailing up to $10,000 in cash on at least five previous occasions, all at Swartz’ direction. The cash involved in the transactions was forfeited to the U.S. Government.The Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations worked with state and local police on the investigation.