News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Treasure Valley Man Pleads Guilty
Father and Son Set for Sentencing in
Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges

AUG 11 -- (BOISE, ID) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, Thomas E. Moss, announced that Alfredo Esparza, Sr., and his son Lucio Esparza, have both plead guilty to several counts of methamphetamine trafficking and firearm charges.

In May 2008, Alfredo Esparza Sr., pled guilty to several counts of methamphetamine trafficking and firearm charges. Sentencing has been set before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill on September 29, 2008. Alfredo Esparza Sr., faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 20 years imprisonment.

On August 6, 2008, Lucio Esparza pled guilty to two counts of distributing methamphetamine and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Lucio Esparza is set for sentencing on October 29, 2008 and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years, but could be sentenced to as much as eighty years imprisonment.

The extensive investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, the Ada and Canyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian, and Boise Police Departments.