U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Oregon
District of Oregon
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 6, 2011
Dwight C. Holton, United States Attorney
Contact: Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant United States Attorney
Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced
EUGENE, Ore. — On May 5, 2011, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Rodney Alan Rookstool, 50, of John Day, Oregon, to 70 months in prison. He was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of five years. Rookstool plead guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.
In January 2010, after an investigation into Rookstool’s drug trafficking activities by the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of Rookstool’s vehicle near Baker City, Oregon. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine, approximately one–half pound of marijuana, a .45 caliber pistol, scales, packaging material and $1,900 in U.S. currency. A subsequent search of his residence resulted in the discovery of nineteen firearms, stolen property, a small amount of methamphetamine and $25,000 in U.S. currency hidden in a wall. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rookstool will forfeit $96,000 and will pay $5,300 in restitution to a victim in a Grant County case.
The U. S. Attorney’s Office and the Baker and Grant County District Attorney’s Offices worked together in achieving a joint resolution of Rookstool’s federal and state charges. This case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team (BCNET), which is comprised of detectives from the Oregon State Police, Baker City Police Department and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the John Day Police Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon High Density Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Interdiction Team (HIT) and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) also provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Sweet handled the prosecution of the case.
The Oregon HIDTA Program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi–agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi–state and international drug trafficking organizations.