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Eight members of the Norteno gang indicted on firearm, gang and drug charges

Israel Montiel is still being sought. Seven fellow gang members were arrested Tuesday, authorities said.
Israel Montiel is still being sought. Seven fellow gang members were arrested Tuesday, authorities said. Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office

Eight members of the Norteno gang have been indicted on various firearm, gang and drug charges, and seven of them were arrested on Tuesday, authorities said.

Three members were indicted in federal court and five in District Court in Canyon County.

U.S. Attorney Bart Davis’ office said the three who were indicted in federal court, all of whom were arrested Tuesday, were:

  • Peter Albert Rodriguez, 27, of Nampa, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Unlawful possession can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
  • Fabian Gonzalez, 26, of Caldwell, was charged with unlawful dealing in firearms and possession of an unregistered firearm. Unlawful dealing can result in five years in prison, while possession of an unregistered firearm can result in 10 years.
  • Roy Benitez, 25, of Caldwell, was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.

Four of the five members indicted in District Court also have been arrested. The fifth member, 29-year-old Israel Montiel, is at large. The investigation that led to the indictments was carried out by the ATF and the Nampa and Boise police departments.

Those indicted in District Court were:

  • Brian Orozco, 26, of Parma, was charged with supplying a firearm to a gang and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon with gang enhancement. Both can carry a sentence of 10 years in prison.
  • Adan Jasso-Lopez, 25, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine) with gang enhancement, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) with gang enhancement and one count of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) in the presence of a child with gang enhancement. Delivery of cocaine with gang enhancement carries a possible life sentence, delivery of marijuana with gang enhancement carries a 10-year sentence, and delivery of marijuana in the presence of a child with gang enhancement carries a maximum of 10 years consecutive to the previous count.
  • Albert Estrada, 31, of Nampa, was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine) with gang enhancement.
  • Monroe Martinez, 31, of Nampa, was charged with supplying a firearm to a gang, delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) with gang enhancement and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Officials said the federal indictments were the result of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Idaho Department of Corrections Office of Probation and Parole, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Nampa Police Department, the Caldwell Police Department and the Boise Police Department.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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