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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wellpinit Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Possession With the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Bazil N. Peone, age 31, of Wellpinit, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on February 15, 2018, to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of pure methamphetamine. United States District Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Peone to a 60-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Kalispel Tribal Police officers received information that someone was residing without permission at an apartment in Airway Heights, Washington. On October 26, 2017, the officers entered the apartment with a key, encountered the lone occupant, Peone, and arrested him. After obtaining a warrant to search the apartment, officers seized 74 grams of heroin, 44.5 grams of pure methamphetamine, 4.8 grams of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, scales, distribution supplies, drug paraphernalia, drug ledgers, several firearms and rounds of ammunition, and two ballistic vests.

Joseph H. Harrington said, “Prosecuting drug crimes continues to be a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Individuals who engage in the illegal distribution of controlled substances should be aware that there are serious criminal penalties connected with drug distribution and that this Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively drug and firearm-related cases in the Eastern District of Washington.”

This case was investigated by the Kalispel Tribal Police, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Spokane Resident Office of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. This case was prosecuted by Patrick J. Cashman, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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Updated June 11, 2018