POCATELLO – John Morgan McComas, 25, of Idaho Falls, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for trafficking lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. McComas was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 28, 2020.
According to court records, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at McComas’ Idaho Falls residence in April 2019. During the search, law enforcement located indicia of drugs sales, a large amount of LSD, firearms, and a book entitled “How to Be a Drug Dealer.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez highlighted the cooperative efforts of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Falls Police Department, which led to charges.
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney Office’s specially deputized Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA), funded by the Eastern Idaho Partnership (EIP) and the State of Idaho. The EIP is a coalition of local city and county officials in eastern Idaho as well as the Idaho Department of Correction.
The EIP SAUSA program allows law enforcement to utilize the federal criminal justice system – through the EIP SAUSA – to prosecute, convict, and sentence violent, armed criminals and drug traffickers. These criminals often receive stiffer penalties than they might in state courts.
This program was created in January 2016. Since that time, approximately 174 defendants have been indicted by the EIP SAUSA. Of these defendants, 127 have been indicted on drug trafficking charges. Collectively, the defendants indicted under the program have been sentenced to 7,468 months (approximately 622 years) in federal prison, representing an average prison sentence of 53.72 months (4.47 years). Defendants indicted for drug trafficking offenses serve, on average, approximately 60.33 months (5.02 years) in federal prison.