Fourth Guilty Plea in Drug Conspiracy Ring
BOISE – Stacy Duane Wilfong, 39, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Wilfong was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 8, 2015.
In approximately January 2015, law enforcement agents began investigating ongoing drug distribution by Stacy Wilfong and others. Wilfong and his other coconspirators acted together to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, bath salts, and pills including oxycodone and hydromorphone in the Treasure Valley. Wilfong was arrested on August 25, 2015 in Jackpot, Nevada. Law enforcement agents found approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in co-defendant Jocelin Gonzalez’s backpack. Agents searched Wilfong’s vehicle and located nineteen grams of a synthetic controlled substance called Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, known as "a-PVP," or “bath salts.” During the search of the vehicle agents located three firearms and approximately $10,000.
Eleven people were indicted on conspiracy to distribute drugs as part of the investigation of Wilfong. He was the fourth person to plead guilty. Jocelin Jessica Gonzalez, 19, and Elizabeth Ann Gaytan, 37, both from Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty on May 5, 2016, and will be sentenced on July 28, 2016. Regina Wade, 50, of Boise pleaded guilty on May 19, 2016. Six co-defendants are currently set for trial: David Anthony Wales, 31, of Boise; John Matthew Caviness, Jr., 34, of Caldwell; Breeannyn Nicole Pederson, 25, of Parma; Adam William Dillon, 28, of Nampa; Isela F. Garza, 36, of Nampa; and Jason Lee Burgess, 44, of Garden City. Anthony James Kitchen, 47, of Nampa, has given notice of his intent to plead guilty and is set for a plea change on June 30, 2016, in U.S. District Court.
The crime of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance is punishable by up to twenty years in prison, a maximum fine of $1,000,000 and three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for August 16, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
These cases are the result of a joint investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime 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 Idaho Department of Probation and Parole. The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), 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 (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and 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 involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
These cases are being 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 treasurevalleypartners.org.