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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Boise Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charge

BOISE – Jason James Martin, 32, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Martin admitted that in February 2014, he traveled with co-defendant Martin Adam Hernandez to California in order to obtain methamphetamine. On February 21, 2014, law enforcement agents stopped the vehicle as Martin and Hernandez returned from California with the methamphetamine. During a search of the vehicle, agents located approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. Agents recovered evidence showing that Martin and Hernandez obtained the methamphetamine from California with the intent to distribute the methamphetamine in Idaho.

Co-defendant Martin Hernandez entered a guilty plea to the same charge on June 26, 2014. Both Martin and Hernandez are scheduled to be sentenced on September 17, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise. Both Martin and Hernandez face up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit treasurevalleypartners.org.

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Updated December 15, 2014