News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Treasure Valley Meth Traffickers Get Hefty Prison Terms

MAR 26-- (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 two men who were part of a large methamphetamine trafficking organization were sentenced to long prison terms last week. Hector Diaz-Villareal, 35, of San Miguel, Nayarit, Mexico, will serve 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Ricardo Sanchez-Lopez, 40, of Haujicori, Nayarit, Mexico, will serve 15 years for the same crimes. Following their prison terms, both defendants will be deported back to Mexico.

In the summer of 2007, Diaz-Villareal and Sanchez-Lopez were arrested following an eighteen-month investigation in Treasure Valley which dismantled two separate drug organizations. In the Diaz-Villareal organization alone, the investigation resulted in the conviction of approximately 20 persons in the state and federal court.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nampa Police Department, and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.