News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 05, 2012
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: 206-553-1162

Romos-Gonzalez aka “Taliban” Sentenced for Meth Trafficking in Idaho
-Two Defendants, Angel Valdez-Soto and Roy Brian Coolidge Remain Fugitives-

June 5 – (Boise, ID) Jose Romos-Gonzalez, 25, also known as “Taliban,” a Mexican national illegally in the United States, was sentenced today to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine. The court also ordered Romos-Gonzalez to forfeit $160,000 in drugs proceeds.

Romos-Gonzalez was convicted on March 12, 2012, by a federal jury for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine. Romos-Gonzalez was living in Caldwell, Idaho, at the time of his arrest. During the trial, the jury heard evidence that between January 1 and May 18, 2011, Romos-Gonzalez and Angel Valdez-Soto entered into a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho. Romos-Gonzalez and Valdez-Soto traveled to California on several occasions to obtain pound quantities of methamphetamine.

The following co-defendants have been sentenced by the court:

  • Angel Valdez-Soto, a Mexican national, was sentenced on May 22, 2012, to 108 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine.
  • Roy Brian Coolidge of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced on April 2, 2012, to 57 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Two additional co-defendants, Luis Angel Nunez-Leon and Jose Gregorio Valenzuela-Favela, are fugitives.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Boise Police Department Narcotics Unit, and the Nampa Police Department.

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