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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Federal Jury Convicts Boise Man of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

BOISE – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Shaun McNabb, 35, of Boise, Idaho, was convicted by a federal jury of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm.  McNabb was charged by a superseding indictment on February 23, 2016.

According to the evidence presented at trail, on December 25, 2014, a Boise Police officer observed McNabb driving early in the morning and believed he was driving on a suspended license.McNabb pulled into a Shell gas station without signaling and the officer initiated a traffic stop. Before the officer could exit his patrol vehicle, McNabb had already got out of his vehicle, and refused the officer’s repeated commands to get back into his vehicle. McNabb was placed under arrest for driving without privileges and resisting or obstructing officers.A drug dog later gave a positive alert for the presence of drugs within the vehicle. The vehicle was then searched, where the officer located a grey backpack in the trunk. In the backpack the officer found a 45 caliber handgun, a magazine containing ten 45 caliber rounds, one loose 45 caliber round, a digital scale, and two large vacuum sealed bags containing more than one pound of marijuana. Because McNabb had previously been convicted of a felony, he was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.

McNabb is set for sentencing on June 1, 2016, before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.  For possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, McNabb faces not more than five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and at least two years of supervised release.  For unlawful possession of a firearm, McNabb faces not more than 10 years, in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and not more than three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Boise Police Department. 

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 

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Updated March 11, 2016