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Man with Lengthy Criminal History Admits Dealing PCP, Using Firearm to Protect Drug Trade

July 28, 2006

NATHAN JAMES MILLER, 26, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six years in prison and five years of supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine (PCP) and Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. In imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess noted the firearm count carries a mandatory minimum five year sentence.

MILLER was arrested July 15, 2005, when members of the Pierce County Violent Crime Task Force (PCVCTF) went to his home on South Alder in Tacoma to assist in arresting him on a warrant from the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) for probation violations. MILLER attempted to run from officers into his house. MILLER was arrested inside. A DOC search of the residence revealed quantities of both PCP and methamphetamine. On the headboard of MILLER’s bed was Ruger P-90 .45 Auto caliber semi-automatic pistol. MILLER agreed to speak with officers and admitted he sold PCP and had gotten the gun a few months earlier to protect himself, his drugs, and his drug trafficking profits.

MILLER pleaded guilty on April 26, 2006. He has multiple felony and misdemeanor convictions in state court including violating a protection order for beating up his wife, and two convictions for possession of PCP. In one of the cases MILLER was arrested in a van containing numerous vials of PCP and two stolen firearms.

MILLER 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 Pierce County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Pierce County Violent Crimes Task Force and Washington State Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

For additional information, Mr. Gruber can be contacted at (253) 428-3808.

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