News Release
September 15, 2010
Public Affairs
Number: 213-621-6827

Utah Man Sentenced to 6 ½ Years in Federal Prison After Law Enforcement Finds 10,000 Ecstasy Pills in Trunk of Car

SEP 15 - LAS VEGAS – A joint DEA Task Force investigation has resulted in the sentencing of a Utah man to 6 ½ years in federal prison after a Nevada Highway Patrol Officer found approximately 10,000 pills of ecstasy in the trunk of the automobile he was driving on Interstate 15 near Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Comstock, 23, of Sandy, Utah, was sentenced on September 13, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Comstock pleaded guilty on April 28, 2010, to conspiracy to distribute MDMA, known on the street as ecstasy. 

On December 6, 2008, a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) Officer, who was also a member of the Southern Nevada Drug Interdiction Task Force, pulled over a gold Nissan automobile for traffic violations. The vehicle’s driver, Jeffrey Comstock, was advised that he was speeding and had made an improper lane change. The NHP Officer asked Comstock a number of questions, and Comstock appeared very nervous. Upon consent by Comstock, the NHP Officer searched the vehicle with the aid of a drug detection dog, and approximately 10,000 blue pills of ecstasy weighing about 7.3 pounds, were recovered from a bag in the trunk of the vehicle. The DEA was notified, and Comstock was placed under arrest and indicted by a federal grand jury on December 17, 2008.
           
The investigation was conducted by the DEA and the Southern Nevada Drug Interdiction Task Force, which is funded through the Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley W. Giles.

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