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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Seventh Conspirator in Treasure Valley Drug Distribution Ring Sentenced

BOISE – Breeannyn Nicole Pederson, 26, of Parma, Idaho was sentenced today to 18 months for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Following her period of imprisonment, she will be placed on three years of supervised release.  Pederson was indicted on December 8, 2015, in a superseding indictment and entered her guilty plea on June 2, 2016.

Pederson, one of eleven co-conspirators in the drug distribution ring, sold a variety of prescription pills throughout the Treasure Valley at the direction of Stacy Duane Wilfong.  Wilfong was sentenced earlier this year to over 18 years in federal prison for his leadership role in the conspiracy.  In addition to prescription pills, Wilfong and his co-conspirators sold methamphetamine, heroin, and a synthetic controlled substance called Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, known as "a-PVP," or “bath salts” to individuals throughout the Treasure Valley.  

Five other co-conspirators have already been sentenced.  Anthony “Tony” Kitchen, 48, is serving a 71-month sentence in federal prison, Jocelin Jessica Gonzalez, 19, is serving 40 months in prison, Elizabeth Ann Gaytan, 37, was sentenced to 100 months of imprisonment, and Isela Garza, 30, was sentenced to 48 months in prison.  All four are from Nampa.  Regina Wade, 50, of Boise was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Co-defendant David Anthony Wales, 31, of Boise, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22, 2017. Two other co-defendants are scheduled to enter guilty pleas. Adam William Dillon, 28, of Nampa is scheduled for a plea change on November 22, 2016, and Jason Lee Burgess is currently scheduled for a plea change on November 16, 2016. One co-defendant, John Matthew Caviness, Jr., 34, of Caldwell, is currently set for trial. 

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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 15, 2016