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Hoff: "This case demonstrates the inherently dangerous nature of drug-dealing in our society"

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Daniel Lee Burmeister, 37, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced to seven years and five months in prison for drug trafficking and illegally possessing firearms.

Burmeister pleaded guilty June 1 to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, one count of possession of a firearm unidentified by a serial number, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a Sept. 14 Department of Justice news release.

“This case demonstrates the inherently dangerous nature of drug-dealing in our society, particularly when it involves the deadly substance fentanyl and an offender who uses guns to further drug distribution activities,” U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff said in the release. “The sentence imposed by the court as a result of the prosecution of this case serves to reinforce our commitment to hold offenders like Mr. Burmeister accountable and to protect our community from harm.”

Burmeister was detained Oct. 6 following the execution of a search warrant at a residence where he was staying, according to the release. Law enforcement officials reportedly found several firearms and fentanyl pills during the search. Burmeister has been in federal custody since his arrest on the same day.

“This case is a clear example of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives collaborative efforts with FBI and law enforcement partners to remove those offenders who prey on our communities through drug trafficking and illegal firearms use,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II said in the release.

The case was investigated by the FBI and ATF, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mallory Rasmussen, the release reported.

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