Nampa Gang Member Gets 75 Months in Federal Prison
BOISE – Israel Jacob Salinas, 27, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Boise to 75 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and for violating the conditions of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Salinas to 63 months for distributing methamphetamine and an additional 12 months for violating his supervised release. The sentences will run consecutively. Salinas is required to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term and complete 200 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the charge on July 6, 2011.
According to the plea agreement, Salinas admitted that after he was released from federal prison in the spring of 2010, he distributed two ounces of methamphetamine in Canyon County, Idaho. Salinas was on federal supervised release at the time of his drug offense. He had previously been convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana in 2003. Salinas is a documented member of the Nampa Northside criminal gang.
“Today, four men were sentenced in federal court in separate cases for distributing methamphetamine in the District of Idaho, including Martin Noriega, 42, of California, to 151 months; Don Ellingford, 46, of Shelley, Idaho, to 124 months; and Rick D. Elliot, 48, of Rexburg, to 57 months,” said Olson. “These sentences are illustrative of the severity of punishment defendants will receive for attempting to distribute methamphetamine in Idaho communities. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that drug traffickers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.
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