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Man convicted on drug charges in CDA court

| August 29, 2020 1:00 AM

COEUR d'ALENE – Christopher William Bounds, 37, of Lind, Wash., was convicted by a federal jury in Coeur d'Alene on six federal drug and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced Friday.

During the four-day trial, the jury heard evidence that on Aug. 15, 2018, Quad Cities Drug Task Force detectives were conducting surveillance on Bounds who had just brought a load of methamphetamine and heroin from Washington.

During their surveillance, detectives observed Bounds make a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Bounds’ vehicle was pulled over, just outside Lewiston, by a Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Deputy assisting the task force.

Officers searched Bounds’ vehicle and seized 2 pounds of pure methamphetamine, 490 grams of heroin, and 16 firearms.

Testimony at trial showed that the drugs were valued at more than $32,000.

Bounds faces a sentence of 15 years to life in federal prison, and up to a $20,000,000 fine, for the drug trafficking charges. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, for unlawfully possessing firearms.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 17, 2020, before U.S. District Judge David C. Nye, at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.