BOISE — After Middleton resident Jason Holmberg pleaded guilty last month to federal drug charges and admitted his role as ringleader for a Treasure Valley methamphetamine trafficking group, a large number of his co-defendants began accepting plea deals.
Eleven of the other 19 defendants in the case have pleaded guilty to various drug and conspiracy charges. Seven of those Jerry Holmberg, 64, of Marsing, Jason Holmberg's father; John Odenwalt, 33, of Nampa; Randi Seferos, 24, of Boise; Robbie Gallegos, 42, of Boise; Adrea Smith, 38, of La Grande, Ore.; Randy Beal, 58, of Caldwell; and Cynthia Prado, 31, of Boise appeared this week before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise.
Their pleas followed those last month of Kenneth Jones, 47, of Elverta, Calif.; Patrick Siemseen, 55, of Nampa; Ute Hormak, 47, of Nampa; and Doreen Obrien, 44, of Caldwell.
Jason Holmberg and Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. They face 10 years to life on that charge when they're sentenced Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, respectively.
Jerry Holmberg, Beal, Seferos, Obrien and Odenwalt pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. That crime carries a minimum term of 10 years up to life.
Jason Holmberg, Jones, Siemsen, Smith, Hornak and Prado pleaded guilty to interstate transportation in aid of racketeering. That is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Police tailed Beal in his vehicle after he left his Caldwell residence carrying a backpack on Nov. 5, 2012, He was pulled over in Winnemucca, Nev., and found to be carrying $32,000 in cash.
He told police he was on his way to Sacramento, Calif., to pick up a load of meth from Jones. He said Jason Holmberg sold meth with Andrew Polney, 51, of Boise, who still faces charges in the case and who is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14, according to court documents.
Beal said he had made 16 runs to Phoeniz, Ariz., and six to California on behalf of Holmberg and Polney in the previous six months to carry cash and meth.
Last March, authorities used court-approved wiretaps and learned that Siemsen planned a trip to California to pick up a load of meth from Jones for Holmberg and Polney. Siemsen was followed and police saw him meet with Jones, who allegedly obtained a shipment of meth from a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang.
Siemsen returned to Idaho and gave two pounds of meth to Holmberg at a shop he operated. Holmberg and Odenwalt allegedly de3livered the meth to Polney at his Boise residence.
Jerry Holmberg was arrested carrying meth in the false bottom of an ice cooler. Police said he was taking a half-pound of the drug from Siemsen to Holmberg's son.
Jason Holmberg's wife, Seanna Holmberg, 26, is also charged in the case, along with Crystal Clark, 47, of Fruitland; Steven Richard, 41, of Boise; Henry Horne, 65, of Boise; Lena Kettle, 46, of Caldwell; and Heidi Aguila, 34, of Middleton. They're all scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14.
A trial date has not been scheduled for the final defendant, David Echevarria, 48, of Boise.