Last Co-Conspirator of Loren Toelle Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Prison
COEUR D'ALENE – The last co-conspirator from the Loren Toelle drug trafficking organization was sentenced yesterday to prison, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced. The sentence was part of a significant drug investigation and prosecution under the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. The sentence was handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
Jessica Nadine Frederick, 27, of Liberty Lake, Washington, was sentenced to 37 months prison and 3 years supervised release for her role in the drug conspiracy. Frederick became involved in 2011 when she began dating Loren Toelle’s brother and co-conspirator, Robert Hill. In November of last year, Frederick pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine.
Overall, the ten defendants in the Loren Toelle drug trafficking organization were sentenced to a total of 729 months in prison, or over 60 years. Throughout the sentencings, Judge Winmill noted the devastating effect the opioid epidemic has had on individuals.
Judge Winmill also ordered Frederick to forfeit $355,000 in cash proceeds.
The case is a result of a joint investigation and cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
Several federal, state and local agencies participated in the investigation and prosecution: the FBI North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of the FBI, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Post Falls Police Department; the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security. Other agencies involved included the Williston, North Dakota, Police Department; the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Nevada and North Dakota; the Williams County, North Dakota Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota; the U.S. Border Patrol; the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; the Northwest Narcotics Task Force; and the Washington State Patrol.