Crime

Meridian man who sold meth by the pound sent to prison

Brian Cluff
Brian Cluff

Brian W. Cluff, 44, will spend nearly 27 years in federal prison following conviction for selling methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastion from Washington state also ordered Cluff to forfeit $420,000 in drug profits.

Cluff pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute meth and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In January, undercover police officers met with Cluff at his home in the 4400 block of Heritage Woods Ways. Cluff gave one of the officers nearly 3 grams of meth as a free sample and said he could supply a pound of meth at a time, at a cost of $6,000.

Days later, officers obtained a pound of meth from Cluff at his Caldwell shop, in the 3300 block of Caldwell Boulevard. They received another half-pound on Jan. 27 and returned to the shop on Feb. 3 to pay the remaining $3,000 for the original pound.

The officers obtained six pounds of meth from Cluff at his shop on Feb. 11. Several other 1-pound packages of meth were found in a trailer at the shop after officers obtained a warrant and carried out a search. They also seized a sawed-off shotgun.

After his arrest, Cluff, who has previous convictions for forgery and possession of a controlled substance, told officers he sold at least a pound of meth per week.

In exchange for Cluff’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop four counts of distributing meth and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Cluff had faced a minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life. Defense attorney J.D. Merris argued for the minimum.

Three co-defendants have also pleaded guilty in the case. Raymond Pruneau, 52, of Caldwell, and John Paul Tate, 47, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy, while Victoria Whelan, 54, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of meth.

They are scheduled to be sentenced during hearings scheduled in November and December.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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