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Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Federal Prison After Being Caught With 83,000 Fentanyl Pills

A 32-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison after being arrested at a Spokane Valley motel in March 2023 with about 24 pounds of fentanyl.

Jordy Deboer was in tears as Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced him. His family wept silently from the stand.

Deboer and her attorney, David Miller, told the court about her “horrible” childhood. Her mother married multiple times, and each stepfather brought her a new form of violence, Miller wrote in court documents.

He began using methamphetamine when he was 17, Deboer told the judge.

“I had a very difficult childhood,” he said.

He was imprisoned at age 20 and, upon his release in 2015, he turned his life around, Deboer said. He met a woman at church, now his fiancée, and helped her raise her young daughter for the past decade while working in concrete.

Then the couple relapsed, he said.

“I took the wrong path,” Deboer said through tears. “I thought I had control, but I lost it.”

In April 2022, Deboer was arrested while transporting drugs for a drug trafficking organization in the Tri-Cities. Federal law enforcement officers found more than a pound of methamphetamine, as well as several thousand pills containing fentanyl.

After being charged in federal court, Deboer told the judge he wanted to seek drug treatment while awaiting trial.

He was released to inpatient treatment and then transferred to a rehabilitation center in Spokane, where he violated his release conditions and was returned to federal custody, court records show. In December 2022, he was released again to treatment.

Shortly afterward, FBI agents learned that Deboer had resumed drug trafficking.

Deboer told the judge he wanted to change but didn't realize how much influence fentanyl and methamphetamine had on him.

In March 2023, a confidential informant purchased a half-pound of methamphetamine and 1,000 fentanyl pills. The man who delivered the drugs to Deboer was Matthew Sailors, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the crimes.

Days later, law enforcement was about to search Deboer's hotel room at a Spokane Valley Motel 6 when they encountered Deboer on the motel's stairs.

He was arrested with nearly $12,000 in cash, a firearm and kilos of drugs.

In January, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in connection with the 2022 arrest and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl in connection with the 2023 arrest.

Prosecutors argued that Deboer should be sentenced to just over 24 years in prison, below the standard sentencing range of 30 years to life, given his difficult childhood and his repeated offenses, court records show.

Deboer's lawyer argued for a 12-year prison sentence, slightly higher than his co-defendant's. He argued that the slightly harsher sentence took into account Deboer's additional crime, but that the prosecutor's recommendation was too harsh given his difficult childhood and desire for change.

Rice sentenced Deboer to 272 months in prison, or just over 22 years.

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