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New Plymouth Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

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

BOISE -- Delbert Rundell, 63, of New Plymouth, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of firearms by an unlawful user of controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Rundell to forfeit $21,580 in drug proceeds, 33 firearms, and approximately 28,000 rounds of ammunition.  He pleaded guilty on March 21, 2016.

According to evidence presented in court, a shooting occurred at Rundell’s home on October 28, 2015.  After interviewing the victim of the shooting, officers obtained a search warrant for Rundell’s home and searched it on November 12, 2015.  Inside the home officers found 42 grams of methamphetamine, 33 firearms, and evidence of drug use.  Federal law prohibits a user of illegal controlled substances from possessing a firearm. 

The case was investigated by the High Desert Task Force, Idaho State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The High Desert Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement agencies from Payette County Sheriff’s Office, Payette Police Department, Fruitland Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Weiser Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, Ontario Police Department, and the Nyssa Police Department. 

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.

Updated June 14, 2016

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