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California Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

BOISE - Justin Gomez, 29, of Barstow, California, was sentenced yesterday in United States district court for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Gomez to 240 months in prison.   Judge Lodge also ordered Gomez serve an additional five years of supervised release upon his release from prison.

A federal jury found Gomez guilty of the crime after a two-day trial in April 2017.  The evidence presented at trial showed that Gomez and his co-defendant, Salvador Gonzalez, traveled from southern California to Boise, Idaho, to distribute a large quantity of methamphetamine.  Local and federal law enforcement officers discovered the conspiracy and intervened.  On September 11, 2015, in Meridian, Idaho, both Gomez and Gonzalez were arrested with over two pounds of pure methamphetamine in their possession. 

Gonzalez pleaded guilty before trial to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  On November 9, 2016, Judge Lodge sentenced Gonzalez to 120 months in prison.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Ada County Sheriff’s Office. 

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.


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Updated April 5, 2018

Drug Trafficking