FIVE SENTENCED IN TREASURE VALLEY DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
Five more co-conspirators in a large scale Treasure Valley methamphetamine trafficking ring were sentenced this month for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill handed down the sentences in federal court in Boise.
Sentenced on Monday were Kalli Lindauer, 29, of Boise, to 78 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, a $750 fine and a $50,000 money judgment; Haylee Lindauer, 32, also of Boise, to 72 months in prison followed by five years of supervised released, a $750 fine, and a $50,000 money judgment; and Shawn Peterson, 32, of American Falls, Idaho, to 46 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, a $750 fine, and a $25,000 money judgment.
Jorge Valdez, 32, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced on May 3 to 57 months in prison, a $1,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and a $25,000 money judgment. Fortino Bastida, 32, a Mexican national, was sentenced on May 4 to 135 months in prison, a $500 fine, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 money judgment.
Two co-defendants, Quentin Mick, 28, of Boise, and Nabor Martinez-Herrera, 31, a Mexican national, will be sentenced on June 14. The remaining defendant, Francisco Quinones, is set for trial on August 8 in Boise.
Six co-conspirators were sentenced in April on related conspiracy and drug trafficking charges: Jose Gallardo-Dedios was sentenced to 188 months in prison and a $2 million money judgment; Guadalupe Valenzuela was sentenced to 168 months and a $2 million money judgment; Angel Joel Dedios was sentenced to 121 months in prison and a $500,000 money judgment; and Juan Arvizu-Betancourt was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 money judgment. All are Mexican nationals. Jason Thomas Marr of Weiser, Idaho, was sentenced to 130 months in prison and a $100,000 money judgment. Heidi Tucker of Star, Idaho, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a $5,000 money judgment.
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.
“These convictions underscore federal, state and local law enforcement's commitment to aggressively prosecute the drug traffickers who damage our communities, prey upon Idahoans and cause damage that ripples through our state,” said Olson. “We will strive to ensure that every Idaho community is free from this insidious addictive drug.”
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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