Elusive Meth Dealer Gets 12 Year Sentence

A San Rafael drug dealer was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco earlier this week to nearly 12 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine and repeatedly evading police, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jesse James Starr, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

Starr pleaded guilty on Aug. 30 to the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of a controlled substance, Haag said.

In addition, he was in possession of 3 ounces of methamphetamine in March 2013 and almost 4 ounces in August of 2012, Haag said.

He also led police on a high-speed chase and crashed his vehicle in March of 2013, Haag said.

According to prosecutors, the length of Starr’s sentencing is due to his criminal history and his pattern of leading police on high-speed pursuits.

Haag said the prosecution against Starr was a joint effort by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force. The task force identified him as a dangerous, repeat offender and worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the prosecution.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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