SACRAMENTO, CA — Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Dana Scott McIntire, 53, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to methamphetamine trafficking and possessing pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force (METRO), the Stockton Police Department, and the San Joaquin County Probation Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Hitt and Jared C. Dolan are prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, on May 23, 2006, the METRO task force executed a probation search at McIntire’s residence in Stockton. When agents searched the residence, it contained extensive and obvious evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing throughout the garage, shed, and portions of the home. Agents found more than 50 grams of methamphetamine as well as multiple items commonly associated with methamphetamine trafficking, including small plastic bags, a black plastic digital scale, a price list showing methamphetamine weights and prices, and a security monitor depicting an image from a camera posted on an engine hoist in the front yard.
In the garage, agents discovered evidence of a methamphetamine lab, including more than 60 grams of pseudoephedrine, a well-known precursor chemical used in manufacturing methamphetamine, created from crushed Sudafed and Actifed. Agents also found large quantities of chemicals that are typically used during the process of making methamphetamine: iodine, toluene (a solvent), red phosphorus, muriatic acid, and lye.
McIntire is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Mendez on August 30, 2011. The plea agreement calls for an agreed-upon sentence of 25 years in federal prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.