Stoner Pleads Guilty to Offering Drug Paraphernalia for Sale at Treasure Valley Business
BOISE – United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Anthony Stoner, 33, of Boise, Idaho, pled guilty in federal court to one count of offering drug paraphernalia for sale at Smoke N Accessories, LLC, a business located at 6419 Ustick Road in Boise.
Stoner is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Stoner is the eighth defendant to plead guilty to the charge of offering drug paraphernalia for sale over the past two months. The following defendants are awaiting sentencing: Gabriel Adam Busby and Bradley Berquist, co-owners of Twenty After, on November 1 and November 13, respectively; Yoke Fee Chan, owner and operator of Royal Smoke, on November 13; Janet Shirley, owner and operator of All Sunshine, LLC, and Antonio Mendoza, an employee of All Sunshine, LLC, on November 15; Adam Daniel Schreiner, owner/operator of Bernen's Pipe Shop, LLC, on December 4; and Crystal and Thomas Blumke, owners and operators of Other World Gallery, on November 15 and December 10.
These eight defendants are among the 16 charged last May as part of Operation Not for Human Consumption, which targeted illegal sales of drug paraphernalia at 13Treasure Valley businesses.
It is against federal law to sell or offer for sale any paraphernalia that is primarily intended or designed for drug use, regardless of whether the seller advises their customers that the paraphernalia is for tobacco use only. The businesses are commonly referred to as “headshops.”
Operation Not for Human Consumption includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, and the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office. The U.S. Marshals Service and Idaho State Police provided assistance in arresting the sixteen defendants.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.