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Three More Plead Guilty to Offering Drug Paraphernalia for Sale in Boise Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 06, 2012

“Operation Not for Human Consumption” Resulted in 11 Separate Indictments

BOISE – United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that three more individuals pled guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Boise to one count of offering drug paraphernalia for sale. Three others pled guilty last month in separate cases. Five of the six were among the sixteen charged in May as part of Operation Not for Human Consumption, which targeted illegal sales of drug paraphernalia at thirteen Treasure Valley businesses.

Those who pled guilty yesterday are: Crystal Blumke, 32, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, the co-owner and manager of Other World Gallery, LLC, a business located at 108 South 11th Street in Boise; Janet Shirley, 39, of Boise, the owner and operator of All Sunshine, LLC, a business located at 540 South Vista Avenue, Boise, Idaho, and Antonio Mendoza, 33, of Eagle, Idaho, an employee of All Sunshine, LLC. All three are scheduled to be sentenced on November 15 by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

Blumke and Mendoza were indicted separately by a federal grand jury in Boise on May 9. Shirley pled guilty to an information filed in federal court yesterday.

Three individuals pled guilty last month to charges of offering drug paraphernalia for sale at their business locations. Royal Smoke owner and operator Yoke Fee Chan will be sentenced on November 13. Gabriel Adam Busby and Bradley Berquist, co-owners of Twenty After, are scheduled to be sentenced on November 1 and November 13, respectively.

It is against federal law to sell or offer for sale any paraphernalia that is primarily intended or designed for drug use, regardless of whether the seller advises their customers that the paraphernalia is for tobacco use only. The businesses are commonly referred to as “headshops.”

The charge of knowingly and intentionally offering drug paraphernalia for sale is punishable by up to three years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

Operation Not for Human Consumption includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, and the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office. The U.S. Marshals Service and Idaho State Police provided assistance in arresting the 16 defendants.