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Caldwell Man Sentenced to Prison on Federal Gun Charge

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

BOISE – Tristan David Swim, 22, of Caldwell, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison followed three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  A federal grand jury indicted Swim on January 9, 2018. Swim was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

According to court records, in November 2017, law enforcement attempted to arrest Swim on an unrelated warrant in Canyon County.  Swim fled on foot and was caught by police after a short pursuit.  Officers located a semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of Swim’s pants.  Swim had a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.  He was prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.  The Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

This case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes.  The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth.  For more information, visit

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Updated July 19, 2018

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