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

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Friday, February 12, 2016

California Man Sentenced to 70 Months on Gun and Drug Charges

BOISE – Ronald Eugene Bohm, 50, from California, was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possessing a machinegun, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Bohm was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 11, 2015 and entered guilty pleas on December 2, 2015.

According to court records, on July 26, 2015, Meridian Police Officers responded to Bohm’s residence in Meridian, Idaho after receiving complaints about parking violations.  At the residence, officers contacted Bohm’s wife and co-defendant, Constance Bohm, and noticed the smell of marijuana from the house.  Constance Bohm admitted to the officers that she had marijuana.  At the same time, Bohm arrived at the residence with several individuals associated with the Henchman motorcycle club.  A drug detection dog was utilized and alerted on Bohm’s saddle bag on his motorcycle.  Officers found marijuana and firearms in the saddle bag.  Officers then obtained a search warrant from the court to search the residence.  Inside the residence, officers found approximately 63 grams of methamphetamine and 176.2 grams of marijuana. Officers also located a digital scale in the master bedroom with amphetamine residue on it and numerous firearms and firearm components including a drop in auto sear, which is a combination of parts designed to convert a semiautomatic firearm into a fully automatic machine gun.  Other firearms located in the residence included two AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, five AR-15 receivers, a .22 caliber rifle with a shortened barrel, and a 7.62X54 millimeter rifle with a shortened barrel. None of the AR15 guns had a make, model, or serial number on them.  Bohm was the President of the Idaho chapter of the Henchmen Motorcycle Club. As a condition of Bohm’s supervised release he was ordered not to have any contact with individuals identified by local law enforcement agencies as documented gang members nor can he possess any items representing or showing any affiliation with gangs.

The co-defendant, Constance Bohm, is scheduled for sentencing on March 29, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Meridian Police Department and the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force.  The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime 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.

The 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 treasurevalleypartners.org.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 12, 2016