Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Drug Trafficking: Conspiracy to Distribute
California’s “Three Strikes Law” and Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking is the manufacturing, transporting and distributing of large quantities of drugs. It can often involve more than one person. Drug trafficking charges are wide and varied depending on the scope of the trafficking. If the drug trafficking was directed towards minors, then prosecutors will seek enhancements to the charges.
State and federal governments have adopted strict laws and severe penalties regarding the trafficking of drugs, including the use of California’s “Three Strikes Law”. Penalties can approach seven figures and decades in prison for severe cases.
Idaho Residents Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute
Samantha Jo Tackitt, 31, of Eagle, Idaho, was sentenced December 10 to 151 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Tackitt was arrested on April 3, 2013, in possession of 1.5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine and $5,062 in U.S. currency.
Michael Scott Longhi, 26, also of Eagle, was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Winmill ordered Tackitt and Longhi to forfeit $18,400 of seized currency and $100,000 in cash proceeds to the United States. Longhi was arrested as he was returning from California, where he had just received a large shipment of high-grade methamphetamine. He was found to be in possession of 1.7 kilograms of pure methamphetamine and approximately $3,000 in U.S. currency.
Lengthy prison sentence were warranted for drug trafficking and distribution
The government argued at sentencing that lengthy prison sentences were warranted due to the large amounts of pure methamphetamine that Tackitt and Longhi conspired to distribute in Treasure Valley, Idaho. Further, the two were responsible for distributing over 100 pounds of methamphetamine during the conspiracy. The government also noted at sentencing that Tackitt had bragged about wanting to be “the biggest methamphetamine dealer in the Valley.”
Both state and federal prosecutors will seek conviction on the most severe charges possible. If you have been arrested for drug trafficking, you need to protect your rights. An experienced drug attorney is your best assurance that this will happen.
Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman