Eagle residents sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

Statesman staffDecember 10, 2013 

Two Eagle residents have been sentenced for their roles in a large-scale Treasure Valley meth-trafficking operation, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Tuesday.

Samantha Jo Tackitt, 31, was sentenced Monday to 12 years, seven months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Michael Scott Longhi, 26, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years, eight months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. They were also ordered to forfeit $18,400 of seized currency and $100,000 in cash proceeds to the United States.

According to court proceedings, Tackitt had 1.5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine and $5,062 in cash when she was arrested on April 3, 2013.

Longhi was arrested the same day as he was returning from California, where he had just received a large shipment of high-grade methamphetamine. He had 1.7 kilograms of pure methamphetamine and about $3,000 in cash.

It was noted during sentencing that Tackitt had bragged about wanting to be “the biggest methamphetamine dealer in the Valley.”

Three others charged in the federal indictment have pleaded guilty to related drug-trafficking offenses.

Ausencio Tovar, 48, of Eagle will be sentenced on Feb. 3, 2014, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; Darin James Bangham, 40, of Star, will be sentenced on Jan. 8, 2014, for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Ashley Marie Armstrong, 27 - who has previously been reported to be from Kuna - will be sentenced on Jan. 6, 2014, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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