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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 8, 2014

Another Of 20 Defendants Sentenced In Meth Distribution Ring

Two Defendants Still Await Sentencing

BOISE – John Odenwalt, 34, of Mountain Home, Idaho, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Odenwalt to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison. He pleaded guilty to the charge on October 9, 2013.

The conspiracy involved two distribution cells in the Treasure Valley: one led by Jason Holmberg, sentenced on December 16, 2013, to 180 months in prison; the other by Andrew Polney, sentenced on April 7, 2014, to 130 months in prison. Another leading co-defendant, Kenneth Jones, of Sacramento, California, supplied multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine for transport to the Treasure Valley for distribution. Jones was sentenced on January 15, 2014, to 130 months in prison. The group operated from about June 2012, through the time of the various arrests on April 18, 2013, and May 23, 2013. Odenwalt carried methamphetamine from Holmberg to Polney.

A majority of Odenwalt’s co-defendants pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Henry Horne will be sentenced on October 20, 2014. David Echevarria does not have a sentencing date yet.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, which includes agents of the DEA as well as task force officers from Nampa Police Department.

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Updated December 15, 2014