Gresham felon sentenced to eight years for firearm
A Gresham man was sentenced last week to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez sentenced Nicolas Allen Harms, 26, Wednesday, Sept. 6, to eight years, followed by three years of supervised release.
In late 2015 Gresham Police officers learned Harms was selling heroin, according to court documents. Using a confidential informant, officers conducted an undercover heroin buy from Harms.
On Dec. 8, 2015, officers served a search warrant on Harms' hotel room and found approximately 35 grams of heroin, 17 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded .357 revolver, digital scales and drug-packaging material. Officers also found Harms was carrying 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and $440 in cash, documents said.
Following the search of the hotel room, officers learned that Harms possessed a storage unit.
A search of the unit resulted in the recovery of a short-barreled .22 caliber rifle, a shotgun, paperwork and materials related to his drug dealing.
Harms was arrested and indicted in federal court. He later admitted to being a felon and possessing the three recovered firearms: an Amadeo Rossi .357 caliber revolver, a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun and a Ruger .22 caliber rifle.
In addition to the Gresham police, this case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon.