Kuna Man Sentenced to Prison After Receiving Drugs in the Mail That He Intended to Distribute

BOISE – Daniel Jake Keller, 36, of Kuna, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Keller to serve four years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Keller was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on March 10, 2021. He pleaded guilty to the charge on June 8, 2021.

According to court records, the United States Postal Inspection Service searched a mail parcel on February 24, 2021. The parcel, which was addressed to Keller, contained approximately 65 grams of methamphetamine. The next day, Keller was arrested after he arrived at the post office and took possession of the parcel that contained methamphetamine. In response to questioning from investigators, Keller admitted that he knew the parcel contained methamphetamine and that he intended to sell some of it to others. Postal Inspectors obtained a search warrant for Keller’s residence. During the search, investigators found six more grams of methamphetamine and a 9mm handgun. As part of the sentence, Chief Judge Nye ordered Keller to forfeit the handgun and ammunition.

“The U.S. Mail is not a delivery service for drug traffickers,” said Mr. Gonzalez. “Let this sentence send a message: if you attempt to unlawfully use the mails to make a quick buck, federal and state law enforcement will hold you accountable.”

“The United States Postal Inspection Service is committed to our mission of ensuring the safety of United States Postal Service employees and customers and the integrity of the U.S. Mail,” said Inspector in Charge Anthony Galetti of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Seattle Division. “The proliferation of methamphetamine in our communities is a significant law enforcement and public health threat. Our agency has and will continue to work with our federal and local law enforcement partners to vigorously pursue those who attempt to use the U.S. Mail to distribute dangerous narcotics and hold those responsible to account.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez credited the efforts of the United States Postal Inspection Service; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led to the charges.

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