Federal prosecutors have charged 10 people from Weiser and one each from Boise and Ontario with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine after officials say they worked together to sell drugs in western Idaho last year.
Eleven of the 12 suspects have been arrested and are awaiting a jury trial in U.S. District Court set to begin Aug. 13. Federal agents are still looking for suspect Jesus Guadalupe Sanchez.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday all 12 people charged conspired to sell meth in Canyon, Payette, and Washington counties between Nov. 2011 and May 2012. Six of the 12 suspects also charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Methamphetamine trafficking is a danger to Idaho's more rural communities, as well as to its cities, said Wendy Olson, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. This investigation and these charges demonstrate that federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutors in Idaho are committed to working together to stop drug dealers, no matter where they try to sell their poison.
The 12 people charged in the indictment are: Jesus Guadalupe Sanchez, 25; Fabian Jordano Beltran, 23; Victor Ruiz, 30; Benjamine L. Vertner, 33; Amy Maria Cavazos, 37; Jacob James Clevenger, 30; Rachel Coblentz, 24; Kristopher Craig Hensley, 26; Johnny A. Tambunga, 39; and Amber Marie Myatt, 25, all of Weiser, Idaho; Patrick Campbell, 31, of Boise; and Michael Dennis Morris, 41, of Ontario, Oregon.
Prosecutors say seven of those suspects are in custody, and four have either been released before the trial begin or in the process of being released.
The crimes of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine are each punishable by a mandatory minimum of ten years with the possibility of up to life in prison, a $10 million fine, and at least five years of supervised probation.
Two of the 12 suspects have also been charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, a crime punishable by a mandatory five years prison sentence, which would run after any prison term on the drug charges is done.
The case was investigated by the Idaho State Police and the Oregon High Desert Task Force.