Boise Man Sentenced to Over 14.5 Years in Prison for Federal Gun and Drug Charges
BOISE, Idaho – A Boise man was sentenced to 175 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and the unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced.
According to court records, on November 12, 2021, law enforcement attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Anthony James Wylie, 32, of Boise, for a traffic infraction. Wylie failed to pull over and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. During the pursuit, Wylie threw a case from his vehicle containing hundreds of fentanyl pills and over $1,500. Wylie abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. Inside the vehicle, investigators located a .32 caliber handgun. Wylie was eventually located and arrested hiding in a nearby residence. Investigators also recovered over two pounds of methamphetamine that Wylie possessed during the chase.
Wylie has lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, and the unlawful possession of a firearm. Wylie was on federal supervision at the time of the instant offense.
Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Wylie to serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Wylie pleaded guilty to the charges on July 1, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Hurwit thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nampa Police Department for their work on the case.
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.