Meridian Man Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime
BOISE – Brian Weaver Cluff, 44, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 322 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian from the District of Eastern Washington, sitting by special designation, also ordered that Cluff serve five years of supervised release and forfeit $420,000 in drug proceeds and several firearms. Cluff pleaded guilty on July 6, 2016.
According to evidence presented in court, Cluff conspired with others to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in the state of Idaho between August of 2015 and February 11, 2016. Cluff held a leadership role within the conspiracy and arranged with co-conspirators for deliveries of methamphetamine in Ada and Canyon Counties. Investigating officers discovered the conspiracy and were able to make several controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Cluff. During a search of Cluff’s business on February 11, 2016, officers located 10.764 kilograms of methamphetamine, 3.449 kilograms of marijuana, 44 grams of cocaine, 1.3 grams of heroin, and 13 firearms. One of the firearms recovered from Cluff’s shop was a sawed-off shotgun.
The case was investigated by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the City County Narcotics Unit of Canyon County, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Board. The Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Board is a collaboration of local law enforcement drug task forces and prosecuting agencies dedicated to addressing regional drug trafficking organizations that operate in Ada, Canyon, and Malheur County.