Albany Drug Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

PORTLAND, Ore.—An Albany, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for distributing heroin and methamphetamine in and around Linn County, Oregon.

Anthoni Joseph Bassetti, 28, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and four years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in January 2020, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began investigating Bassetti, a mid-level drug dealer who sold heroin and methamphetamine in and around Linn County. The same month, agents arranged and conducted two undercover drug deals with Bassetti. Following these operations, on March 6, 2020, agents executed a federal search warrant on Bassetti’s Albany residence, seizing user quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine and seven firearms. 

On March 3, 2020, Bassetti was charged by criminal complaint with distribution of methamphetamine and heroin. Later, on August 27, 2020, he was charged by criminal information with distribution of methamphetamine. On August 9, 2021, he waived indictment and pleaded guilty to the single charge.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by ATF with assistance from the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (LINE), which consists of investigators from the Albany, Lebanon, and Sweet Home police departments, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Oregon Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force. Additional assistance was provided by the Corvallis Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. McLaren prosecuted the case.

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