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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Ontario Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine

BOISE – Oliver “Juice” Yardley, 45, of Ontario, Oregon, pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. Yardley was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on April 13, 2021.

According to court records, on August 26, 2019, Yardley and his wife, Ashley Cates Yardley, 33, sold approximately two ounces of methamphetamine to another person in a parking lot in Fruitland, Idaho. Ashely Yardley was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on September 10, 2020. On July 30, 2021, she was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye.

Sentencing for Oliver Yardley is set for November 10, 2021, before Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise. He faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years and up to life in federal prison, a $10 million fine, and at least four years of supervised release. The federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez credited the efforts of the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, which led to charges. The Task Force is comprised of federal, state, and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Boise Police Department; Caldwell Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; Meridian Police Department; Nampa Police Department; and Idaho Department of Correction, Bureau of Probation and Parole. “The ‘Metro’ task force is a model for multijurisdictional cooperative law enforcement investigations,” Gonzalez added.

This 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 www.treasurevalleypartners.org.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated August 26, 2021