Federal Jury Convicts Boise Man Involved in Large Drug Trafficking Organization
BOISE – U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today that a federal jury convicted Andrew Munoz, 34, of Boise, of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, distribution of heroin, and distribution of methamphetamine. The jury acquitted Munoz of a separate count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Munoz was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 20, 2018. The trial began on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, and concluded on Thursday evening when the jury returned their verdicts. The case was tried before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.
Munoz’s case stemmed from an investigation into a large drug trafficking organization that was moving methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico, through California and Nevada, up to the Boise area. Law enforcement discovered the conspiracy and began investigating. Munoz was a distributor for the organization, here in the Treasure Valley, and ultimately delivered methamphetamine and heroin on two occasions to an undercover officer.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise. The crime of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin is punishable by at least ten years, up to life, in prison and five years of supervised release. The crime of distribution of heroin is punishable by up to twenty years of prison and at least three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, and the Meridian Police Department.
This indictment was the result of a joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
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 and Canyon County.
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