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LONGVIEW MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR DRUG AND AMMUNITION CHARGES
Defendant Dealt Meth and Was Caught with Ammunition While on State Supervision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2006

GARY GEORGE ELMS aka “Icebox”, 41, of Longview, Washington was sentenced today to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition and for Distribution of Methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess handed down the sentence in Tacoma, WA. According to documents filed in the case, ELMS had become a “thorn in the side” of law enforcement in Cowlitz County.

On June 24, 2004, a Washington State Department of Corrections officer went to ELMS’ home while searching for another person wanted by police. Under the terms of his state supervision, ELMS was required to submit to a search of his person. The Corrections Officer found a syringe (containing suspected methamphetamine) in ELMS’ pocket. A search of ELMS’ home revealed 42 rounds of ammunition. As a convicted felon, ELMS is prohibited from possessing ammunition.

On March 23, 2005 a confidential informant working with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Drug Task Force purchased six grams of methamphetamine from ELMS. ELMS was arrested on a federal indictment on June 7, 2005. ELMS entered his guilty pleas on January 13, 2006.

ELMS has two 2004 felony convictions from Cowlitz County Superior Court for Possession of Methamphetamine.

ELMS was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Cowlitz County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Drug Task Force, the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), the Longview Police Department Street Crimes Unit and the Kelso Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206)553-4110.

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