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Defendant had Meth, Loaded Guns and $40,000 in his Garage

November 21, 2008

RONALD CRAIG POTTER, 42, of Bremerton, Washington, was convicted yesterday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Tacoma of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. The jury deliberated about one day following a four day jury trial. When sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on February 27, 2009, POTTER faces a mandatory ten years in prison.

According to the testimony at trial and records filed in the case, on August 2, 2007, officers of the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WesNet) executed a search warrant at POTTER’s Bremerton home. Inside the house, officers found methamphetamine, ammunition, a police scanner, and an electronic device for monitoring the home’s driveway. In the detached garage officers located two handguns hidden behind wall insulation. One of the guns was loaded and placed just a few feet from a box containing more than $7,300 cash. In a loft area above the gun, police found $40,000 hidden in a black bag, as well as meth, scales, and sexually explicit videotapes of the defendant. Near the bag were two .22 caliber rifles. DNA evidence tied POTTER to one of the guns and clothing associated with the drugs.

The convictions provide for a mandatory minimum five year sentence on the drug offense and a consecutive mandatory minimum five year sentence on the gun crime, for a total base sentence of at least ten years in prison.

The case was investigated by the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WesNet) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marc Perez and 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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