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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

State Line Defendant Sentenced for Meth Distribution and Felon in Possession of a Firearm



BOISE – Christian Robert Michael Paradis, 34, of the State line area—at various times a resident of New Plymouth, Fruitland and Payette, Idaho, and Ontario, Oregon—was sentenced to 72 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Paradis to serve five years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service following his release from prison.

According to court documents, following several "controlled buys" of small amounts of methamphetamine, a search warrant was obtained for a house at which Paradis frequently stayed. In a bedroom of the house, which Paradis shared with relatives’ young children, High Desert Drug Task Force officers found 175 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, a "cutting agent" and syringes. Officers also found a Bryco.380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a short-barreled weapon made from a 12 gauge shotgun, having a barrel of less than 18 inches. At the time of his arrest, Paradis had more than $1,200 in currency in his pocket. Paradis had previously been convicted of several felony drug offenses, including two in Malheur County in 2011, and 2013.

The case was investigated by federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and High Desert Drug Task Force, including the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and Payette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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