CORRECTION: This article originally incorrectly described Ritch's sentence.
A 36-year-old Caldwell woman will spend the next 10 years in federal prison and another five years on supervised probation for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise.
Michelle Christina Ritch, who was arrested in March of last year, was found with 2 ounces of meth and a drug ledger, according to prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to the drug charge on Dec. 17.
Ritch was one of 11 people indicted July 9 in a large case that included charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, and unlawful possession of firearms. Investigators seized 12 firearms, including an illegal, fully-automatic machine gun.
Ritch is the sixth member of the group to be sentenced. Here's a list of co-defendants who were sentenced previously:
- Wendy Harrison was sentenced to 84 months in prison
- Bobbi Eileen Woolsey was sentenced to 84 months in prison
- Nearia Pinnell was sentenced to 33 months in prison
- Daniel Vaughan was sentenced to 80 months in prison
- Darrell Zirschky was sentenced to 168 months in prison
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. It is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes.