SIX SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Six members of a large Treasure Valley methamphetamine distribution ring were sentenced in federal court in Boise this week , announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. U.S. District Judge Dee V. Benson, sitting by special designation from the District of Utah, handed down the sentences. All pled guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine or possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Jose Gallardo-Dedios, 37, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 188 months in prison, five years supervised release, and a $2 million money judgment.
Guadalupe Valenzuela, 45, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison, five years supervised release, a $500 fine, and a $2 million money judgment.
Jason Thomas Marr, 24, of Weiser, Id., was sentenced to 130 months in prison, five years supervised release, a $500 fine, and a $100,000 money judgment.
Angel Joel Dedios, 35, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 121 months in prison, five years supervised release, and a $500,000 money judgment.
Juan Arvizu-Betancourt, 63, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years supervised release, and a $5,000 money judgment.
Heidi Tucker, 43, of Star, Id., was sentenced to 12 months in prison, three years supervised release, and a $5,000 money judgment.
Seven remaining co-defendants will be sentenced in May: Quentin Mick, 28, Haylee Lindauer, 32, and Kalli Lindauer, 29, of Boise; Jorge Valdez, 32, of Nampa, Id.; Shawn Peterson, 32, of American Falls, Id.; Fortino Bastidas, 32, of Los Angeles, Ca.; and Nabor Martinez-Herrera, 31, a Mexican national.
From March 1, 2009, to July 18, 2010, the conspiracy was responsible for distributing over 100 pounds of methamphetamine throughout southwest Idaho. Millions of dollars in drug proceeds were secreted out of Idaho to Utah, Nevada, and Southern California.
“This week's sentencings demonstrate Idaho's commitment to vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who would pollute our community with illegal drugs,” said Olson. “Federal, state and local law enforcement collaborated to bring these defendants to justice.”
The Boise Police Department's BANDIT Drug Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led the investigation. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force which supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The Nampa Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police, and Meridian Police Department assisted in the investigation.
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