Several members of a methamphetamine ring that brought more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine into Idaho have been sentenced this week to federal prison.
The six defendants were handed out prison terms ranging from two years to more than seven years. They were among 14 Idaho, Oregon and California residents arrested in the case.
A ringleader, Oscar Adan Jaimez Munoz, 23, of Anaheim, Calif., made numerous trips to Idaho between August 204 and Janaury. Twice last August, he met with an undercover police officer in the parking lot of a Caldwell truck stop and sold the officer $3,500 worth of methamphetamine. He also fronted the officer an additional 57 grams of meth that he would collect the money for after it was “sold,” according to a plea agreement.
Twice the following month, Munoz bought an additional $7,000 worth of methamphetamine during meetings at a Nampa warehouse store and a Boise shopping center. He brought more meth during two meetings in November.
On Jan. 13, Munoz assisted co-defendants Ruben Rangel Perez, 33, also from Anaheim, and Jose Luis Corrales Cruz, 58, of Ramona, Calif., remove seven pounds of meth hidden in the spare time of a car driven to Boise from California.
The defendants were arrested after that trip.
Investigators were aided by wiretaps placed on the phones of Rangel Perez and Jaimez Munoz. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge approved the wiretaps last October and monitoring took place through Jan. 14.
• Jorge Sadoval, 21, of Placentia, Calif., 87 months
• Jose Luis Corrales Cruz, 72 months
• Juan Navarrete, 20, of Ontario, Ore., 37 months
• Marco Antonio Tinoco, 26, of Ontario, 33 months
• Hernan Arteaga Solchaga, 24, Nampa, 30 months
• Ruby Martinez, 40, of Nampa, 24 months
Jaimez Munoz and Andres Navarettete Jr, 25, of Ontario are scheduled for sentencing Oct. 14. Sentencing for Rangal Perez is set for Oct. 27 and Dec. 2 for Maribel Betancourt, 40, of Nampa.
Francisco Sandoval, 59, of Placentia, Calif., Rafael Sotero Lopez Vasquez, 43, from Ontario, and Horacio Linares, 23, from Anaheim, are scheduled to go to trial Nov. 16.
Carmen J. Gomez Rangel, 48, of Nampa, has been charged in the case but is a fugitive.