A suspected methamphetamine dealer who was arrested in San Rafael two months ago has been indicted by a federal grand jury and could face decades in prison.
Jesse James Starr, 40, is charged with two counts of meth possession with intent to distribute, according to court documents. One charge stems from the arrest in San Rafael; the other is for a case last year in Richmond.
Starr, a Richmond resident, pleaded not guilty before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. He is being held without bail.
Starr and another suspect, Cosmos Sylvan Clothier, were arrested March 27 by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force. Investigators saw them involved in an alleged drug transaction in the Contempo Marin neighborhood off Smith Ranch Road.
Starr - a parolee who was wanted on an arrest warrant for failing a court-supervised drug treatment program - slammed his car in reverse and tried to flee when investigators moved in to arrest him, the task force reported.
Investigators searched Starr and his vehicle and seized nearly three ounces of suspected meth, packaging material, a scale, 26 pills of Oxycontin, some psychedelic mushrooms and almost $1,000 cash.
The Marin County District Attorney's Office dropped its case against Starr so he could be prosecuted in federal court. Starr could face 10 years to life in prison on one of the federal charges and five to 40 years on the other.
Clothier, 36, pleaded guilty
to a drug possession charge. He was placed on probation for three years.
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