Fifth and Final Defendant Sentenced in the Treasure Valley Meth Distribution Ring
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Mexican national Luis Angel Nunez-Leon, 25, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, visiting from the Western District of Washington, also ordered Nunez-Leon to forfeit $6,060 in United States currency seized during the investigation.
Nunez-Leon pled guilty on November 26, 2013. During his plea hearing, Nunez-Leon admitted driving co-Defendant Angel Valdez-Soto to and from a drug transaction in Caldwell, Idaho on April 11, 2011. Nunez-Leon admitted knowing that Valdez-Soto had arranged to distribute 55 grams of methamphetamine. During the transaction, Valdez-Soto distributed 55 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant.
Four co-defendants have been sentenced. Angel Valdez-Soto, a Mexican national, was sentenced on May 22, 2012 to 108 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine. Roy Brian Coolidge of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced on April 2, 2012 to 57 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jose Romos-Gonzales, a Mexican national, was sentenced on June 5, 2012 to 188 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine. Jose Gregorio Valenzuela-Favela, a Mexican national, was sentenced on February 19, 2014 to 57 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine.
These sentences demonstrate that those who poison our communities and our youth with methamphetamine will serve long sentences in federal prisons, said Olson. AState and federal law enforcement officers throughout Idaho will work together to ensure that drug traffickers are caught, prosecuted and convicted.
The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Nampa Police Department.