A court filing released Tuesday revealed that the FBI found cocaine in Hunter Biden’s gun pouch in 2018, a finding central to federal gun charges he has pleaded not guilty to.
On Tuesday, prosecutors asked a federal judge to reject the president’s son legal motion aimed at dismissing his gun charges. A filing from Special Counsel David Weiss revealed that the FBI found cocaine residue on a brown leather pouch used by Biden to store a firearm.
Prosecutors argued that the “strength of the evidence against him is overwhelming” while rejecting the notion that Hunter is being singled out for political reasons.
Investigators are saying that the cocaine was found on the gun pouch after it was pulled from a state police vault last year. According to prosecutors, a chemist employed by the FBI was able to confirm the substance as cocaine residue. “To be clear, investigators literally found drugs on the pouch where the defendant had kept his gun,” prosecutors said.
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Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of lying about his drug use on a gun purchase form in 2018. The president’s son was initially slated to receive a generous plea deal that would wipe out the federal gun charges in favor of a diversion program, though the deal was rejected by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika at the last minute.
Weiss, who previously headed up the Hunter Biden investigation as a U.S. attorney in Delaware, was later appointed as a special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Weiss eventually filed felony gun charges against Biden this past September.
The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements on a federal firearms transaction record during the purchase of a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver from a licensed firearms dealer in Wilmington, Delaware. The form requires prospective firearm purchasers to certify several statements, including whether they are “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance when purchasing the firearm.
Hunter Biden has also been indicted on several tax-related charges in a separate case.