Five Arrested on Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges
DEA Seizes Nearly 12 Pounds of Methamphetamine
BOISE – Five persons arrested December 19 on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine appeared in court this afternoon and waived their right to a preliminary hearing, clearing the way for further proceedings, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Four of the five also were ordered detained pending those further proceedings. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale placed the fifth defendant, Tanna Spencer, 29, of Parma, Idaho, on electronic monitoring.
The defendants were arrested on a complaint December 19 following execution of a search warrant in Ada County on December 17, in which DEA agents and Boise Police officers seized approximately 12 pounds of methamphetamine. Named in the complaint in addition to Spencer are Alfredo Vasquez-Dominguez, 28; Delia Garcia-Pineda, 43, of Boise; Jorge Jimenez, 25; and Nelson Fernando Garcia-Soto, 38.
The 26-page complaint alleges that at the time of their arrest, Vasquez-Dominguez and Garcia-Pineda were in possession of approximately two pounds of suspected methamphetamine found in the passenger seat of the vehicle they were driving. A search warrant obtained from Ada County District Court was executed on a Boise residence and another vehicle, which was previously driven by Garcia-Soto. According to the complaint, law enforcement officials found approximately nine pounds of suspected methamphetamine in a backpack in the back seat of the vehicle. Garcia-Soto, Jimenez, and Spencer were arrested at that time.
“Methamphetamine is a dangerous and addictive drug,” said Olson. “These arrests and charges illustrate that this office and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners will aggressively investigate and prosecute drug traffickers who damage our communities, prey upon Idahoans and cause damage that ripples through our state.” Olson said that her office had a strong record of prosecution in methamphetamine cases in 2011, with 111 defendants sentenced in federal court in Idaho for methamphetamine distribution crimes. She added that Marty Lish of Pocatello was sentenced last Thursday to 210 months in prison. Lish was convicted by a federal jury on January 12, 2011, of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The complaint is the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Boise Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff's Office. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
A complaint is only an allegation of criminal conduct and is not evidence of guilt. A person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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