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Oakland Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison For Trafficking Methamphetamine

October 29, 2013

OAKLAND – John Alan Hunt was sentenced yesterday to five and a half years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

Hunt, 52, of Oakland, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 23, 2013. The three-count Indictment charged Hunt and co-defendants Daniel Artinger, and Nile Glenn with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846, and Distribution and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1).

Hunt pleaded guilty on July 29, 2013, to Distribution and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. According to the plea agreement, Hunt admitted that on August 2, 2012, and again on August 30, 2012, he knowingly and intentionally sold a total of approximately 48.4 grams of actual methamphetamine to an undercover officer in the in the vicinity of High Street in Oakland.

“One of ATF’s top priorities is to rid our neighborhoods of dangerous criminals who plague our community by selling drugs,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl. “The success of this investigation is attributed to the excellent undercover work that was conducted and the solid partnership between ATF, Oakland Police Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office.”

Artinger pleaded guilty on October 21, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 6, 2014. Glenn pleaded guilty in the District of Oregon on October 24, 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced there on February 5, 2014.

The sentence was handed down by The Honorable Claudia Wilken, U.S. District Court Chief Judge, Judge Wilken also sentenced the defendant to a 4 year period of supervised release.

Hunt has been in federal custody since his initial appearance on May 6, 2013.

Chinhayi Cadet is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Elizabeth Garcia. The prosecution is the result of a 10 month investigation by the ATF and the Oakland Police Department.

(Hunt indictment )



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