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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2019

Boise Jury Finds David William Fischer Guilty of Drug Trafficking

BOISE – U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today that a federal jury sitting in Boise convicted David William Fischer, 33, of possession of over five grams of methamphetamine with  intent to distribute, unlawful possession of firearms, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.  The trial began on February 19, 2019, and concluded on Friday evening when the jury returned their verdicts.  The case was tried before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

According to court records, on September 26, 2017, the U.S. Marshals Service Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force (GIFT) and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Crime Team in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) team were executing an arrest warrant for Fischer when officers discovered him in the Red Lion Hotel, in downtown Boise.  After a forty-five minute standoff, Fischer was arrested without incident and found in possession of two handguns and approximately forty-two grams of methamphetamine.

Sentencing is set for May 21, 2019, before Judge Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.  Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is punishable by at least five years, up to 40 years, in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, and four years of supervised release.  Unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.  Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is punishable by a minimum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, the Garden City Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated February 25, 2019