A man who was arrested in Caldwell with two handguns, 13 ounces of cocaine and nearly 7 pounds of marijuana will spend five years in prison, a judge ruled this week.
Daniel William Failla, 28, of Middleton, Idaho, and Madera, Calif., sold a pound of marijuana from a large pot stash in a red suitcase on June 18. Two days later, Idaho State Police searched the home where he was staying in Caldwell and found the drugs in the suitcase, along with two 9 mm handguns. Police also found magazines and ammunition, as well as $2,402.
A receipt showed Failla, alias Simon Johnson, bought one of the guns at Cabela's in Boise for $670 on Feb. 4.
While it wasn't illegal for him to have the gun, Failla admitted to possessing the guns while selling cocaine and marijuana, which is a federal felony. He pleaded guilty Oct. 31. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced him Wednesday to 60 months in prison at the courthouse in Downtown Boise, followed by three years of probation and ordered him to forfeit ownership of the guns and ammo. A plea agreement dropped cocaine and marijuana charges.