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Caldwell Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

BOISE –Marcus Emilio Villarreal, 27, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Villarreal to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison.  Villarreal pleaded guilty on July 6, 2015.

According to the plea agreement, Villarreal admitted that he began working with others to distribute methamphetamine in approximately October 2013.  The coconspirators provided Villarreal with methamphetamine that he would sell before receiving additional methamphetamine.  Law enforcement officers seized 123 grams of methamphetamine from a coconspirator in November 2013.  Villarreal is a documented gang member and during the court hearing today, Judge Winmill ordered Villarreal to have no contact with gang members upon release from prison.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, the Caldwell Police Department, and the Idaho State Police.  The Metro Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho Department of Correction.

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


Updated September 28, 2015

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