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Boise Man Sentenced to 80 Months in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

BOISE – Michael McClain, 37, of Boise, was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today.

According to court records, in March 2023, McClain and his co-defendant, Sonya Trujillo, sold methamphetamine and fentanyl to another person.  Firearms were also present during McClain’s course of drug trafficking.  At the time of his arrest, McClain was on probation for a felony drug crime.  Although McClain admitted to joining a gang in his youth, he contends he dropped out of the gang during his previous prison sentence.

“This case reflects the public safety results generated by the strong partnerships between our office and local law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Hurwit.  “We will continue to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of those who bring dangerous and deadly illicit drugs into Idaho.”

“It takes a strong collaborative approach to try and rid our communities of the dangerous drugs that endanger Idahoans’ lives every day,” said Special Agent in Charge Shohini Sinha of the Salt Lake City FBI. “McClain’s sentencing highlights the dedication and tenacity of our Task Force and what can be achieved when we work together to dismantle drug trafficking organizations in our state."

“The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office remains firm in our commitment to hold those accountable who commit crimes in our communities,” said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue.  “More, we affirm our commitment to the collaborative partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the FBI Metro Violent Crime and Gang Task Force team who work so hard to bring these cases to adjudication.”

“These investigations require teamwork, patience and a tremendous amount of time,” said Caldwell Police Chief Rex Ingram.  “This is yet another victory for Idahoans in our relentless pursuit of justice in the Gem state. Caldwell is proud to be part of the team that continues to fight the war on drugs.” 

U.S. District Judge Amanda K. Brailsford also ordered McClain to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.  McClain was indicted as part of a 25-defendant investigation in August 2023 and he was convicted by a federal jury in January 2024.  Co-defendant Trujillo pleaded guilty, on November 16, 2023, to distributing fentanyl and was sentenced, on March 14, 2024, to 46 months in federal prison.  Judge Brailsford ordered Trujillo to serve three years of supervised release following her prison sentence.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit commended the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force for its efforts in this case.  The Task Force is comprised of federal, state, and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Caldwell Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Idaho Department of Correction.

McClain was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Nafzger and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kelsey Manweiler.  The Special Assistant U.S. Attorney was 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.

This case was also part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.




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Updated April 10, 2024

Drug Trafficking