Fourth Co-Conspirator Sentenced in Canyon County Drug Trafficking Case
BOISE – Shane Kenneth Brizendine, 37, of Wilder, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 140 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also imposed a sentence of 24 months for Brizendine’s supervised release violation, 12 months to run consecutive to the drug trafficking sentence. Following his prison term, Brizendine must serve 10 years of supervised release. He pled guilty to the charges on April 10, 2012.
This is Brizendine’s fourth felony conviction, which he committed while on supervised release after serving a federal prison sentence for a firearms offense.
The remaining defendant, Mario Bautista, a/k/a “Gordo,” 36, of Bell Gardens, California, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 6 in Boise. Bautista pled guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and discharge and brandishment of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He faces a minimum term of 10 years in prison, up to five years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $10 million. The firearms charge is punishable by a minimum term of 10 years in prison to run consecutive to the sentence imposed on the drug conspiracy charge.
According to court records, the five defendants admitted they participated in a large-scale drug trafficking ring in the Treasure Valley.
The three co-defendants sentenced earlier to serve federal prison sentences for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine are Armando Jason Saltzer, of Nampa, Idaho, 160 months; Monica Martinez, of Wilder, 60 months; and Daniel Pena, of Caldwell, Idaho, 156 months. Pena also pled guilty to discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Saltzer, Pena and Martinez each had prior felony drug convictions. The four sentenced to date have been ordered to forfeit all assets derived from the drug trafficking offense.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, one of 160 Safe Streets task forces nationwide in which local, state and federal law enforcement agencies combine their resources and expertise to address gangs and other public safety issues across traditional jurisdictional boundaries throughout the Treasure Valley.
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