Roger Lee Bishop was sentenced to 84 months in a federal prison for (Photo by blueshot/Getty Images via Canva)

A Linn County man was sentenced to federal prison Thursday after he sold methamphetamine and a firearm to an undercover informant acting as a federal agent while on federal supervised release for a previous conviction.

Roger Lee Bishop, 56, of Sweet Home, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release.

According to court documents, law enforcement during the summer of 2019 learned that Bishop, a convicted felon, was trafficking methamphetamine in Linn County and had access to firearms. Philomath Police played a significant role in the case with Officer Kevin Frahm on special assignment.

During the first two weeks of August 2019, Frahm worked with an undercover informant to purchase 1 ounce of meth from Bishop at his residence in Sweet Home, according to a Philomath Police incident report.

The informant received $275 for the buy and was wired with a recording device so law enforcement could listen in. After the transaction, the informant handed over to police a plastic bag with meth, according to the report.

During the last week of August, the informant was provided with $300 to make another meth buy and again was wired. The informant also received $240 from police with instructions to approach Bishop about the possibility of purchasing a firearm. Afterward, the informant turned over a plastic bag with meth and returned the $240 after no firearm purchase had taken place, according to the report.

On Sept. 12, Frahm assisted in another controlled buy that took place at a Corvallis hotel. On that occasion, Bishop, his girlfriend, another person and the informant were involved in the sale of a quarter pound of meth. In addition to the drug, the informant also purchased a handgun from Bishop for $150, according to the PPD report and court documents.

A search warrant on Bishop’s residence occurred on Oct. 30 with Frahm among those participating. Meanwhile, Bishop and his accomplice were arrested following a traffic stop as part of a joint local and federal law enforcement operation.

Bishop was charged by criminal complaint with distributing methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Later, on Feb. 18, 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene indicted Bishop on the same charges. On March 24 of this year, Bishop pleaded guilty to both charges.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and along with Philomath Police, others assisting included the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, Sweet Home Police Department, Corvallis Police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. McLaren prosecuted the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods — the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported. Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. 

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