Long-time local meth dealer sentenced

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By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A man who local law enforcement believe was dealing

in the community for several years was sentenced in Del Norte Superior Court Thursday.

Michael T. Amos, 43, will serve 180 days in jail and be on three years of probation for felony possession of controlled substances for sale and for maintaining an unlawful residence.

andquot;He's a self-admitted meth dealer, selling an ounce a week for at least four years,andquot; Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin said. andquot;He had been reported to be a drug dealer of some importance for some time.andquot;

Crescent City Police Officer Michelle Barber - who arrested Amos in February - was at Amos' sentencing Thursday. She said he has been under investigation by both city and county law enforcement for years leading up to his arrest.

andquot;The (Drug) Task Force has been after this guy for six years,andquot; Barber said, referring to the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office special drug enforcement unit. Until, that is, Barber arrested Amos.

According to court records, Barber arrested Amos while serving a search warrant at his house on Gainard Street. While inside the residence, Barber found nearly nine grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials and scales. And upon his arrest, Amos confessed to selling between $400 and $500 worth of meth per week for the past four years in order to support his own meth habit.

andquot;I like to see my hard work finished,andquot; Barber said after the trial. andquot;I love to see it through.andquot;

Reach Nicholas Grube at ngrube@triplicate.com .

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