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Friday, December 16, 2016

Boise Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

BOISE – Raymond Joseph Pruneau, 52, of Boise Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 97 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered that Pruneau serve five years of supervised release and to forfeit $100,000 in drug proceeds. 

According to evidence presented in court, Pruneau conspired with others to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in the state of Idaho between October of 2015 and February of 2016.  Pruneau arranged with co-conspirators for delivers of methamphetamine in Ada and Canyon Counties.  Investigating officers discovered the conspiracy and were able to make several controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Pruneau and his co-conspirators.  A search of his home on February 11, 2016, resulted in officers locating 824 grams of methamphetamine and 415 grams of cocaine.

Codefendant, John Paul Tate, 48, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced on November 16, 2016, to 240 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy.  Judge Lodge also ordered Tate to five years of supervised release and to forfeit $100,000 in drug proceeds.  Tate plead guilty on August 17, 2016. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and City County Narcotics Unit of Canyon County. 

The case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Board.  The Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Board is a collaboration of local law enforcement drug task forces and prosecuting agencies dedicated to addressing regional drug trafficking organizations that operate in Ada, Canyon, and Malheur County.

Drug Trafficking
Updated December 16, 2016