Anthony Stoner will find out in December if he will be put on probation or do any prison time for selling drug paraphernalia earlier this year at a Boise smoke shop.
The 33-year-old Stoner pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to one count of knowingly and intentionally offering drug paraphernalia for sale a charge punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Stoner is one of 16 Treasure Valley residents busted for selling drug paraphernalia last spring as part of Operation Not for Human Consumption, which targeted 13 local businesses. Of the 16 people charged in the case, nine have pleaded guilty to selling paraphernalia.
Federal prosecutors will recommend that most of those people who entered guilty pleas, like Stoner, be sentenced on the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines, which means they will likely be placed on probation if they qualify.
Stoner, who admitted to selling drug paraphernalia at the Smoke N Accessories store at 6419 Ustick Road in Boise, will be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Dec. 7.
The other eight people awaiting sentencing are : Gabriel Adam Busby and Bradley Berquist, co-owners of Twenty After, on Nov. 1 and 13; Yoke Fee Chan, owner and operator of Royal Smoke, on Nov. 13; Janet Shirley, owner and operator of All Sunshine, LLC, and Antonio Mendoza, an employee of All Sunshine, LLC, on Nov. 15; Adam Daniel Schreiner, owner/operator of Bernen's Pipe Shop, LLC, on Dec. 4; and Crystal and Thomas Blumke, owners and operators of Other World Gallery, on Nov. 15 and Dec. 10.
The remaining seven defendants have jury trials scheduled for later this year.
It is a federal crime to sell drug paraphernalia, like water pipes, bongs, vaporizers and grinders, if those items are primarily intended or designed for drug use.
U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said last spring the Boise-area headshops were selling drug paraphernalia to drug users and traffickers under the guise of tobacco products, which allowed a federal grand jury to return the felony charges of conspiracy to sell, offer for sale and transport drug paraphernalia; offering drug paraphernalia for sale; and sale of drug paraphernalia.
Olson said at least nine of the 13 shops were openly selling Spice, and several of those stores sold the synthetic marijuana to undercover officers. While officials say police seized a large amount of Spice during that operation, the exact amount has not been released publicly.