Informant in Oregon eco-terrorism case in trouble

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 12 at 3:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A participant in Oregon eco-terrorism arsons who avoided prison by working as an informant could be locked up if he is found to have violated probation with a drug offense.

Jacob Jeremiah Ferguson appeared Monday before a federal magistrate who set a probation hearing for May 5 in federal court in Eugene.

His lawyer told The Register Guard that he expects Ferguson will be charged in Lane County Circuit Court with a drug-related offense. That could be a violation of the five-year probation sentence he was given in a 2008 federal plea deal.

Ferguson pleaded guilty to arson charges but avoided prison by wearing a recording device to collect evidence that helped convict 10 former associates in the "Operation Backfire" case against environmental and animal rights extremists.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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