Leader of Treasure Valley Meth Conspiracy Pleads Guilty
BOISE – Jason Lee Holmberg, 39, of Middleton, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Holmberg also agreed to forfeit assets associated with the illegal activities.
According to court documents, Holmberg admitted to being a leader of the conspiracy, which existed from May 2012 through April 18, 2013.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine is punishable by not less than 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $10 million, and at least five years of supervised release. The charge of interstate transportation in aid of racketeering is punishable by up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Holmberg is set for sentencing on December 2, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
On May 16, 2013, Holmberg and 19 others were charged in an 89-count federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, and use of a communication device in drug trafficking.
The indictment is 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 Nampa Police Department and Boise Police Department. Other federal agencies participating in the OCDETF program include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Marshals Service.
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.
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