Naturalized U.S. Citizen Sentenced to 60 Months for
BOISE – Alonso Martinez, 26, of Earlimart, California, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for possession of 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine with intent to deliver, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Martinez, born in Mexico but a naturalized citizen of the United States, was also ordered to pay a $500 fine. Following his prison term, Martinez faces possible deportation. He appeared today before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge on November 5, 2012. According to court documents, on October 17, 2011, Martinez traveled from California to Idaho for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine at the direction of his co-conspirators. Martinez admitted that he met with co-defendant Alfredo Vasquez-Dominguez at a location in Meridian, Idaho, and subsequently delivered more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine to him.
Eight co-defendants sentenced earlier include Alfredo Dominguez-Villareal, a/k/a Alfredo Vasquez-Dominguez, a Mexican national, to 150 months in prison; Nelson Fernando Garcia-Soto, a Mexican national, to 148 months; Jimenez Valencia a/k/a Jorge Jimenez, a Mexican national, to 57 months; Juan Carlos Arredondo-Sicairos a/k/a Victor Kalil Medina-Feliciano, a Mexican national, to 120 months; Delia Garcia-Pineda, a Mexican national, to 37 months; Tanna Spencer, of Parma, Idaho, to 15 months; Hector Morales, of Delano, California, to six months; and Cynthia Casillas, also of Delano, to three years’ probation.
The final defendant, Samuel Chavez, 32, of New Meadows, Idaho, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24, 2013.
The case was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Boise Police Department, Nampa Police Department, and the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. Federal task force members include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Marshals Service.
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