MEMBERS OF INTERSTATE DRUG RING SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
Three men responsible for distributing cocaine and marijuana in the Twin Falls area have been sentenced to federal prison, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced.
Alberto Martinez, 29, from Twin Falls, Idaho, and Victor Copado, 20, from El Mirage, Arizona, were both sentenced yesterday to 100 months in federal prison. Their co-defendant, Jesus Raul-Cruz, from El Mirage, Arizona, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison earlier this month.
All three men pled guilty last year to conspiring to distribute cocaine after an extensive investigation resulted in the disruption of their drug trafficking activities. Copado and Raul-Cruz also admitted to distributing marijuana. The defendants were part of an Arizona based group that distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine and marijuana in the Twin Falls area from about 2006 until their arrests in 2009.
Martinez, Copado, and Raul-Cruz were sentenced at the Boise Federal Courthouse by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge. They will serve five years of supervised release upon completing their prison sentences.
The investigation was directed by the Idaho State Police Region Four Investigations Division in Jerome and the Boise office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
U.S. Attorney Olson praised the joint efforts between federal and state investigators. “It is important to emphasize the impact we can have when federal, state, and local law enforcement work together on multi-state cases,” she said.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.