Marcus Emilio Villarreal, 27, of Caldwell was sentenced Monday to three years and 10 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
Villarreal pleaded guilty on July 6. According to the plea agreement, Villarreal admitted that he began working with others to distribute methamphetamine around October 2013. The co-conspirators reportedly provided Villarreal with methamphetamine that he would sell before receiving additional methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers seized 123 grams of methamphetamine from a co-conspirator in November 2013.
The U.S. attorney's office said Villarreal is a documented gang member, and during Monday's sentencing hearing federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Villarreal to have no contact with gang members upon release from prison.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, the Caldwell Police Department and Idaho State Police. It was prosecuted by the special assistant U.S. attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the state to address gang crimes.