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POCATELLO — Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced a 33-year-old Pocatello man Thursday to 27 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Upon completion of the sentence, Winmill ordered Adam W. Harper to serve an additional three years of supervised release.

Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 23.

Police stopped Harper on Dec. 14, 2018 for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Pocatello. Officers observed drug paraphernalia in his car and searched his vehicle, according to court records.

Police reportedly found a .40-caliber handgun in the vehicle and Harper later admitted to possessing the firearm, though his two prior felony convictions prohibited him from having it.

One of the felonies resulted from a past attempt to remove a firearm from a law enforcement officer, according to court records.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pocatello Police Department and the Bannock County Sherriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The program aims to reduce violent crimes, involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders who work together to identify the most pressing violent criminal issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. The program focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to achieve lasting results.