In the original case, TRIGG was arrested in Oregon following a traffic stop in February, 2004. At the time a search of his car revealed a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a Colt .38 caliber revolver, and suspected methamphetamine and other suspected unlawful narcotics. TRIGG was already under investigation by law enforcement in western Washington for selling methamphetamine and two handguns to an undercover informant. He has previous felony convictions for drug possession in 1993 and 2000 in Arizona, and in California for Drug Possession and Sale in 1996. When TRIGG was sentenced in 2006 on the illegal gun possession charge, his wife made an impassioned plea that her husband had undergone a remarkable change for the better since his incarceration.
According to court documents, a confidential informant told law enforcement last fall that shortly after TRIGG’s release from federal prison he was attempting to obtain guns. In August 2008 the source told law enforcement that TRIGG said he needed protection since he had been robbed and beaten. The confidential source indicated that TRIGG contacted the source to recover two firearms he had left with the source before going to prison in 2004. The source agreed to deliver the guns to TRIGG at a Starbucks in Woodland, Washington, then contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco & Explosives. Law enforcement officers were watching on October 6, 2008, when TRIGG went to the source’s car parked near the Starbucks and removed a package from the trunk. TRIGG was arrested moments later by the officers, and the package was found to contain a German Makrov 9mm pistol and a Rossi .38 caliber revolver. In the car TRIGG was driving officers found a Taurus 9mm pistol.
TRIGG is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and Vancouver’s Career Criminal Apprehension Team. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr.