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Tucson Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug and Firearm Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – David Wayne Radde, 60, of Tucson, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 120 months in prison. Radde pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On November 10, 2020, Pima County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Radde for multiple traffic violations. A drug detection canine was called to the scene and alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies then searched the vehicle and found 2.68 kilograms of methamphetamine inside the passenger area of the vehicle. Due to the large quantity of methamphetamine, Drug Enforcement Administration agents were called to the scene. Inside the trunk, agents found a loaded Taurus 9 mm firearm and $14,695 in cash. A criminal records check revealed that Radde had multiple prior felony convictions, which prohibited him from possessing firearms.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation in this case with the assistance of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Serra M. Tsethlikai, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-21-0940-TUC-JCH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-044_Radde

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Diana L. Varela
(602) 514-7743

Updated March 28, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 2023-044_Radde