California Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges
BOISE – Stephen Na, 20, of Santa Rosa, California, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Boise to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to court records, Na was stopped for speeding on July 18, 2011, while traveling on State Highway 95 in Owyhee County, Idaho. During the stop, Na admitted to an Owyhee County Deputy Sheriff that he had marijuana on his person and gave written and oral consent to search his vehicle. In the vehicle, the deputy found a duffle bag containing methamphetamine, cocaine, a loaded .22 semi-automatic pistol, and additional ammunition. After being advised of his rights, Na admitted that the duffle bag was his; that the duffle bag contained methamphetamine and cocaine; and that the pistol found in the duffle bag belonged to him. Na further admitted that he was delivering the methamphetamine to a man he met in Idaho about three weeks earlier and that he was bringing the cocaine to party with and for his own use. He stated that he bought the handgun off the street for $160 and carried it for protection. In court, Na admitted that the gun was possessed in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes.
The Drug Enforcement Administration's Western Laboratory in San Francisco, California, confirmed the drugs were methamphetamine and cocaine, and determined, based on purity, that the methamphetamine contained 18.8 grams of actual methamphetamine. The handgun was administratively forfeited.
According to the sentencing guidelines, the charge of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a fine up to $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release. The charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years of supervised release. The charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum of five years with the possibility of life in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and five years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for August 28, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office.
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