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Las Vegas man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drug charges

Las Vegas police, Homeland Security joint investigation
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Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 21:31:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges, including possession of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, according to United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Randall Ervin Venerable, 53, pleaded guilty in April 2019, to two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

United States District Judge Richard F. Boulware presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to court documents, in March 2018, Venerable met a person four times at a pre-arranged location and sold the person more than one-half pound of methamphetamine, in total.

After the fourth drug sale, law enforcement arrested Venerable and seized almost $3,000 in cash.

Venerable admitted to detectives that he had recently gotten back into drug trafficking.

During the execution of a search warrant at Venerable’s residence, detectives found over one pound of methamphetamine packaged for sale; approximately one-half pound of marijuana; over a quarter-pound of heroin packaged for sale; 89 grams of cocaine; and two digital scales. In addition, detectives found more than $6,000 in cash; an “owe sheet”; and two semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorneys Elham Roohani and Peter S. Levitt prosecuted the case.