BOISE — A Mexican national who lived in Boise was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison Friday after he was caught with nine pounds of methamphetamine in December 2011.
Nelson Fernando Garcia-Soto, 39, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute last November.
The meth was inside a backpack in Garcia-Sotos vehicle, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Garcia-Soto told police that he had previously sold two pounds of meth to co-defendant Alfredo Dominguez-Villareal.
Dominguez-Villareal, also known as Alfredo Vasquez-Dominguez, was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Garcia-Soto received just two months fewer in his sentence.
One Idaho woman involved in the bust, Tanna Spencer of Parma, was sentenced to serve 15 months. Samuel Chavez, of New Meadows, will be sentenced June 24.
The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Boise Police Department, Nampa Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff's Office worked together on the investigation.
The other defendants in the case and their sentences are listed below:
Juan Carlos Arredondo-Sicairos, also known as Victor Kalil Medina-Feliciano; Mexican national; sentenced to 10 years in prison
Jimenez Valencia, also known as Jorge Jimenez; Mexican national; sentenced to four years and nine months in prison
Delia Garcia-Pineda; Mexican national; sentenced to three years and one month in prison
Hector Morales; Delano, Calif.; sentenced to six months
Cynthia Casillas; Delano, Calif.; sentenced to three years probation.
Alonso Martinez; Earlimart, Calif.; sentencing scheduled for June 4