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Big meth dealer gets 10 years in prison

A Spokane man who transported large amounts of methamphetamine to the Inland Northwest from Southern California is to spend 10 years in federal prison.

James Stewart, 50, also is to forfeit drug proceeds of $180,000, perform 120 hours of community service and be on probation for 10 years after his release under a sentence imposed today in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

Stewart's co-defendant, Shad Alan Johnson, of Rathdrum, Idaho, was sentenced Sept. 7 to five years in prison.  Johnson was also ordered to forfeit $180,000, or substitute property equal to the money judgment.   
Stewart, who pleaded guily in July, traveled to California several times to pick up meth. He switched cars with a co-conspirators who would hide meth in the door panels before swapping vehicles again. Stewart transported the drugs to Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, and Spokane.

“These two defendants received lengthy prison sentences for bringing this dangerously addictive drug to Idaho communities,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson.  “The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to work with state and federal law enforcement officers throughout Idaho and our neighboring states to ensure that drug traffickers are caught, prosecuted and convicted.”

Johnson was arrested with a stolen Jeep and a handgun on Jan. 7, 2009, as detectives staked out Pinnacle Realty founder Joseph G. Ward’s home on Long Lake.

Ward was arrested that day, too, in a massive Washington State Patrol investigation into a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise allegedly operated out of his home.

Ward pleaded guilty in October to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and nine counts of first-degree possession of stolen property. He was credited for two days served in jail, given a year probation and ordered to pay $68,152 restitution.

Johnson and Stewart are connected to Larry McMillan, Brenda Barron and her daughter Amber Larsen, Daniel Napier and Christopher Gober, who are serving time in federal prison for meth, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Stewart was born and raised in the Post Falls area and has been married and divorced four times, according to court documents. He has two children ages 31 and 15 and has worked in construction and property management.

He previously served five years in prison for a federal counterfeit case and also has a previous methamphetamine conviction.

Meth dealer in Ward case gets 5 years

A methamphetamine dealer and former associate of a Spokane real estate company founder was sentenced recently to five years in federal prison.

 Shad A. Johnson, 39, of Rathdrum, is to perform 200 hours of community service and will be on probation for five years after he serves his 60-month prison sentence, which was imposed last week by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Coeur d'Alene.

Johnson admitted to traveling with other drug dealers to pick up methamphetamine and bring it back to the Coeur d'Alene area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was one of about 20 suspects charged in the case.

Co-defendant Larry McMillan’s lawyer said in court documents that McMillan traveled with Amber Larsen and Shad Johnson to Seattle with the intent of selling his dump truck, but Johnson instead used the truck to settle a drug debt. McMillian was sentenced last November to 77 months in prison.

Johnson was arrested with a stolen Jeep and a handgun on Jan. 7, 2009, as detectives staked out Pinnacle Realty founder Joseph G. Ward’s home on Long Lake.

Ward was arrested that day, too, in a massive Washington State Patrol investigation into a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise allegedly operated out of his home.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson told detectives the stolen Jeep he was driving had been loaned to him by Ward, according to court documents.

Ward is scheduled for trial Oct. 24 on stolen property charges.

Regional meth dealer pleads guilty

A Spokane man who sold large amounts of methamphetamine in the Inland Northwest pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.

James Stewart, 49, faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in October. Stewart, who has a previous methamphetamine conviction in San Diego County, Calif., never failed a drug test while on pretrial supervision, according to court documents. He remains out of custody pending sentencing.

His plea agreement was filed under seal, but a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says Stewart and co-conspirators picked up methamphetamine in Southern California and transported it back to the area in Stewart's vehicle.

“On at least one occasion, Stewart transported over 500 grams of methamphetamine,” according to the news release.

Stewart will forfeit at least $180,000 under the plea agreement, which is equal to the value of property that he was used to facilitate or was derived from his drug sales.

Co-defendant Shad Johnson, 38, of Rathdrum, Idaho, is to be sentenced Aug. 8 for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Other defendants in related cases include Brenda Barron and her daughter, Amber Larsen, as well as Larry McMillan.

1 of 20 meth suspects gets 77 months

A Coeur d’Alene man was sentenced this week to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a large group of methamphetamine distributors.

Larry McMillan, 31, received 77 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty in September to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Investigators say McMillan and others bought meth in Seattle that was then distributed in the Coeur d’Alene area. He’s one of 20 suspects charged in the case. Eighteen have been convicted and 17 sentenced, including Brenda Barron and her daughter, Amber Larsen.

 McMillan’s lawyer said in court documents that McMillan traveled with Larsen and Shad Johnson to Seattle with the intent of selling his dump truck, but Johnson instead used the truck to settle a drug debt.

“Mr McMillan ended up with no dump truck and approximately two ounces of low grade methamphetamine,” according to the documents. Johnson (pictured) has pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and is to be sentenced Jan. 25. 

That incident led to the charge against McMillan, who also sold a quarter ounce of meth to Larsen on three occasions, documents said. McMillan turned to selling drugs after his dry wall business went under about two years ago, his lawyer wrote.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the sentence imposed on McMillan.

“Methamphetamine is a horribly addictive drug that poses a threat to our communities,” United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson said in a prepared statement. “The United States Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners will continue to aggressive(ly) investigate and prosecute methamphetamine distribution rings such as this one.”

2 wanted after meth bust in Pend Oreille Co.

Three men are wanted after deputies found clandestine meth labs and stolen vehicles at a home in Pend Oreille County. 

Suspect Shad A. Johnson, 38, (left) already was being sought by police in Spokane County in connection with a separate drug case stemming from an arrest outside a Spokane developer’s home.

Now Johnson is accused of being a key player in a case Pend Oreille officials say began when he escaped from the woods near the Spokane County line during a burglary investigation March 30.

When a caller reported a man and woman pointing a rifle out a car window near Metaline, Wash., the next day, investigators determined the suspect vehicle belonged to Michael P. James, 37, of Athol, (right) who they believe has been staying with Johnson at a home at 172 Bobier Road, northwest of Newport.

Deputies arrested six people from North Idaho and Eastern Washington over the next few days, but Johnson and Jason P. Conboy, 30, of Spokane, remain at large. James was arrested Monday after breaking a Pend Oreille County sheriff’s deputy’s wrist in a scuffle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Read more in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.

Police seek developer’s associate in car theft

A man arrested outside a once-prominent Spokane developer’s home during a lengthy drug investigation is wanted by police.

Shad A. Johnson, 37, didn’t show up for a pre-trial conference March 5 on charges of first-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to his arrest.

Johnson was arrested with a stolen Jeep and a handgun on Jan. 7, 2009, as detectives staked out Pinnacle Realty founder Joseph G. Ward’s home on Long Lake. Ward was arrested that day, too, in a massive Washington State Patrol investigation into a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise allegedly operated out of his home.

Detectives completed the investigation last fall, but Ward hasn’t been charged. Deputy Prosecutor Shane Smith recently said that his office still is reviewing the case.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson told detectives the stolen Jeep he was driving had been loaned to him by Ward, according to court documents. Johnson is not related to Scott A. Johnson, a longtime felon serving three years in prison for his role in the case.

Shad Johnson last gave his address as 8940 N. Handler Drive in Hayden Lake, Idaho, according to Crime Stoppers. His criminal convictions in Idaho include aggravated assault and possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on Shad Johnson’s location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online.

Past coverage: Realtor’s arrest highlights perils of meth

Details emerge in probe against developer

Shooting at Ward’s home gets man 4 months

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