News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 05, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Fifty-Nine Year Old Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison

FEB 05 -- (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., 59, was sentenced on February 4, 2009 to 22 years in federal prison following his guilty pleas to federal drug and gun offenses.

On December 6, 2007, Esparza Sr., and his son, Lucio Esparza, were arrested in Caldwell, Idaho following a multi-agency drug trafficking investigation. On May 19, 2008, Esparza Sr., pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple methamphetamine distribution counts and two counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm. Lucio Esparza also pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of methamphetamine distribution and unlawful possession of a firearm. Lucio Esparza is set for sentencing later this month.

Esparza Sr., was ordered to forfeit to the government his interest in his Caldwell residence, several vehicles, firearms, and additional property and currency. Esparza Sr., was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000 to ensure his family and heirs do not profit from any of property that was not seized by law enforcement.

United States Attorney Tom Moss praised the sentence and the investigative efforts of the federal and local law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation, including DEA, ATF, FBI, IRS, ICE, the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, the Ada and Canyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and the police departments for the cities of Boise, Caldwell, Nampa, and Meridan.