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Meth Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

July 12, 2010

Las Vegas, Nev. – A man convicted of distributing methamphetamine from rented vehicles and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Michael Paul Palumbo, 38, of Las Vegas, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt to 180 months in prison and eight years of supervised release. Palumbo was convicted by a jury in May of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, and in April of felon in possession of a firearm.

In December 2008, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) detectives received information that a male individual, later identified as Palumbo, was selling methamphetamine from rental vehicles in Las Vegas. They made arrangements for a female undercover detective to meet Palumbo to purchase 1/16th of an ounce of methamphetamine near a gas station at the corner of Rancho Road and Cheyenne Boulevard. Prior to the meeting, detectives conducted surveillance at the gas station, and observed Palumbo make what appeared to be several drug sales. After Palumbo failed to follow through with the sale to the undercover detective because he had not previously sold drugs to her, detectives arrested him as he was getting into a truck, after they observed a firearm protruding from his pants pocket. A records check revealed that Palumbo was a multiple-time felon prohibited from carrying a firearm, and that the truck was rented. Detectives recovered from the truck, ecstasy and Viagra, 30 grams of methamphetamine, $5,689 in U.S. currency, and a digital scale. The methamphetamine was later tested and was determined to be 91 percent pure. Palumbo has prior felony convictions in Clark County, Nevada, for burglary, drug trafficking, attempted theft, identity theft, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Metro. The case was screened by the Southern Nevada Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Drew Smith and Nadia Ahmed.

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