Eastern Idaho Man Sentenced for Selling Methamphetamine and Guns
POCATELLO - Harold Thomas Barker, 59, of Rexburg, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawfully transferring firearms and distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Barker to pay a $500 fine. Barker was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pocatello on May 29, 2013, and entered his guilty plea on January 22, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, between May and July 2011, Barker sold eight firearms, assorted ammunition, and methamphetamine to an individual Barker knew was prohibited from possessing firearms. One of the firearms was a sawed-off shotgun. Barker agreed to forfeit $3,040, which constitute proceeds of his offenses.
The case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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