Cane Hill Man Sen­tenced For Drug Traf­fick­ing

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

FAYET­TEVILLE — Johnathan San­sonetti, 26, of Cane Hill, re­cently was sen­tenced to 188 months in fed­eral prison fol­lowed by five years of su­per­vised re­lease and was or­dered to pay a $25,000 fine on one count of Pos­ses­sion with In­tent to Dis­trib­ute Metham­phetamine, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s of­fice with Western District of Arkansas.

San­sonetti was sen­tenced in court on Aug. 16. Fed­eral Judge Ti­mothy L. Brooks presided over the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in the United States District Court in Fayet­teville.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, in the spring of 2015, the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing San­sonetti for the dis­tri­bu­tion of metham­phetamine. In June of 2016, the DEA ar­ranged and con­ducted a con­trolled pur­chase of metham­phetamine from San­sonetti. On July 26, 2016, of­fi­cers con­ducted a traf­fic stop on the ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by the San­sonetti. After a K-9 alert and a search of the ve­hi­cle, agents lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately one-half of a pound of metham­phetamine con­cealed within the air fil­ter com­part­ment un­der the hood of the ve­hi­cle along with a 7mm Ri­fle.

San­sonetti waived his Mi­randa Rights, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, and he ad­vised of­fi­cers he had ap­prox­i­mately $40,000 in cur­rency along with more metham­phetamine at his res­i­dence. Dur­ing the search of San­sonetti’s res­i­dence, agents lo­cated about 24 pounds of metham­phetamine, $38,000 in United States cur­rency, and sev­eral firearms along with as­sorted am­mu­ni­tion.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view, San­sonetti waived his Mi­randa rights and ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in the pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of metham­phetamine, the news re­lease says.

All the metham­phetamine lo­cated was sent to the DEA Lab for test­ing. The lab de­ter­mined the sub­stance from the ve­hi­cle con­tained about 217 grams of ac­tual metham­phetamine and that the metham­phetamine lo­cated at the res­i­dence con­tained 11 kilo­grams of ac­tual metham­phetamine.

San­sonetti was in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury in Au­gust 2016, and pleaded guilty in Jan­uary 2017.

This case was in­ves­ti­gated by the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion. As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Kim Har­ris pros­e­cuted the case for the United States.

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