Three of 20 Defendants Sentenced in Meth Distribution Ring
BOISE – Jason Lee Holmberg, 39, of Middleton, Idaho, Ute Hornak, 47, of Nampa, Idaho, and Patrick Siemsen, 56, of Meridian, Idaho, were sentenced today for their role in distributing methamphetamine and/or interstate travel and transportation in aid of racketeering, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Holmberg to 180 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy and interstate travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises; Siemsen was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for interstate travel and transporting drugs and money; Ute Hornak was sentenced to time-served and three years of supervised release for her role in traveling with Siemsen to transport drugs and money.
The conspiracy involved two methamphetamine distribution cells in the Treasure Valley, one led by Holmberg and the other led by Andrew Polney. Siemsen and Hornak made five or six round- trips to Sacramento, California, where co-defendant Kenneth Jones supplied them each time with multiple pound shipments of methamphetamine to transport for Holmberg in the Nampa-Caldwell area, and to Polney in Boise. The group operated from about June 2012 through the time of their arrests on April 18, 2013.
Fourteen other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing in January 2014: Andrew Polney, Kenneth Jones, Doreen O’Brien, Jerry Holmberg, John Odenwalt, Randi Seferos, Crystal Clark, Lena Kettle, Steven Richard, Robbie Gallegos, Adrea Smith, Randy Beal, Heidi Aguilar, and Cynthia Prado. Three other defendants are scheduled for trial in January 2014.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force, which includes agents of the DEA as well as task force officers from Nampa Police Department.
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