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Boulder Drug Dealer Sentenced To 8 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Illegal Drugs And Carrying Firearm For Drug Trafficking

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

DENVER – Joseph Meyer Platt, age 24, of Boulder, Colorado, was sentenced late last week by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 96 months (8 years) in federal prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and ATF Denver Division Special Agent in Charge David Booth.  Platt appeared at the hearing in custody and was remanded at its conclusion. 

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on June 6, 2017 members of the Boulder County Narcotics Task Force conducted a search of Platt’s residence.  It was determined that the defendant used the mail to distribute narcotics from his residence and then to receive payment.  During the search, law enforcement recovered 567 grams of cocaine, 1161 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), other narcotics, $9,721 in U.S. currency, a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, two 9 mm caliber semi-automatic pistols, a 12 gauge shotgun and 2,729 rounds of various types of ammunition. 

“The defendant is a significant drug dealer,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn.  “Removing him and his drug house from Boulder is great win for the local community.”

“ATF and our law enforcement partners’ commitment to protecting our communities will never waver,” said ATF Denver Special Agent in Charge David Booth.  “We will continue to combat drug trafficking and violent crime wherever found and with all resources at our disposal.”

This case was investigated by the ATF with substantial assistance from the Boulder County Narcotics Task Force.  The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Bohn.


Jeff Dorschner
Spokesman, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado
303-454-0243 direct; 303-454-0400 fax

Updated July 22, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: CASE NUMBER: 18-cr-00195