Crime

Meridian man pleads guilty to drug, weapons charges

Ronald E. Bohm, 50, admitted Wednesday to possession of a part that could turn a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic machine gun.

Meridian police were called to Bohm’s residence following a complaint. Officers told his wife, Constance A. Bohm, they could smell marijuana burning after she opened the door.

Police later obtained a search warrant and seized 176 grams of marijuana and 63 grams of methamphetamine, along with a digital scale that contained meth residue, according to court documents.

Police also found two AR-15 assault weapons that had their serial numbers removed. Other firearms components also had their identifying numbers removed. Two other rifles had their serial numbers intact but had their barrels illegally shortened.

Ronald Bohm and Constance Bohm were each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Ronald Bohm was also charged with possession of an unregistered machine gun.

Ronald Bohm faces from 5 years to 40 years in federal prison on the drug charge and up to 10 years on the weapons charge.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 11 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

Constance Bohm pleaded not guilty in August to the charge against her. She is scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 25.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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