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Jury Convicted Man of having Meth, Loaded Guns and $40,000 in his Garage

June 26, 2009

RONALD CRAIG POTTER, 42, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to138 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $49,000 fine for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. POTTER was convicted November 20, 2008. The jury deliberated about one day following a four day jury trial. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton called POTTER “a drug dealer, a bully, and a thief,” and said he “has shown little regard for other people, and the Kitsap Peninsula is better off without him there.”

According to the testimony at trial and records filed in the case, on August 2, 2007, officers of the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) 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, and scales used to weigh drug quantities. Near the bag were two .22 caliber rifles. DNA evidence tied POTTER to one of the guns and a leather jacket containing most of the methamphetamine.

In asking for a sentence of nearly a dozen years, Assistant United States Attorney Marc Perez pointed out POTTER’s negative impact on his community. “When officers raided Potter’s house in August 2007, they found a large quantity of methamphetamine (between 130 and 650 individual uses), sophisticated detection devices, a large sum of cash, stolen property, ‘snitch’ lists, guns, and ammunition. Potter was much more than a user of methamphetamine or a ‘tweeker.’ To the contrary, he was a long-time, sophisticated, and brazen drug dealer in Kitsap County. He was part and parcel of the methamphetamine scourge that has swept across the Kitsap Peninsula,” Mr. Perez wrote to the court.

The case was investigated by the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) 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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