EUGENE — Two armed drug traffickers arrested by the Albany Street Crimes Unit in March 2016 at the Santiam Rest Area on Interstate 5 were sentenced to federal prison terms last week by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken.
Eric Nathaniel Agee, 39, of Albany, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years on charges of possession of methamphetamine and being in possession of a stolen firearm. On Wednesday, Shawna Marie Smith, 30, also of Albany, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting in the distribution of methamphetamine.
Agee and Smith had entered guilty pleas on Aug. 22 and 23, respectively.
Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said the arrests, convictions and sentences were all part of a cooperative effort by law enforcement, Marion and Linn County district attorneys’ offices and federal officials.
“It was good work by the Albany Police Department and some really good interagency cooperation to make this happen,” Marteeny said. “All of the agencies worked together to get some bad people off the streets.”
March 16, 2016, officers from the Albany Police Street Crimes Unit arrested Agee and Smith at the Santiam rest area just north of Albany, where they had reportedly delivered more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.
A stolen and loaded .22 caliber pistol was found under the front seat of the vehicle.
Police later seized 260 grams of methamphetamine and $2,117 in cash from a hotel room at the Howard Johnson Inn in Salem that Agee and Smith had previously occupied. Officers also found a quarter-pound of heroin, packaging materials, scales and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Agee had prior felony convictions for possession and delivery of methamphetamine and was on post-prison supervision when he was arrested. Smith had a prior felony conviction for possession of heroin and was on probation when arrested.
The defendants’ guilty pleas, admissions of guilt and sentencing recommendations were part of plea agreements negotiated with Marteeny, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and Marion County District Attorney Walter Beglau.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Oregon State Police, the Benton and Linn County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Albany Police Department.
It was prosecuted by Frank R. Papagni Jr., assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, with the assistance of Marion County Deputy District Attorneys Keir Boettcher and Katie Suver.