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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Idaho

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Bart M. Davis
, United States Attorney
Contact: Cassie Fulghum/Katherine L. Horwitz

Garden City Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Crimes

BOISE – Rebecca Friday Spinler, 39, of Garden City, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also sentenced Spinler to five years of supervised release once she has completed her prison term.

According to court records, on June 26, 2018, Garden City Police officers arrested Spinler after stopping her vehicle in Garden City. Spinler was found illegally possessing a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, almost 75 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of heroin, and drug paraphernalia. In court, Spinler admitted possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to another person. She also admitted possessing the pistol in furtherance of her drug offense. Under federal law, it is illegal to possess a firearm in order to further a drug trafficking crime or federal crime of violence.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Garden City Police Department.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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