Johnny Lee Martinez, 33, was sentenced Monday to nearly five years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine.
Martinez admitting selling the drug to a police informant in October 2013 and again in February 2014. He pleaded guilty in May to distributing meth.
Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Martinez’s sentence to run concurrently with his conviction in Idaho 3rd District Court in Canyon County for attempting to elude police in a 2014 case. He was sentenced to one to three years in prison in that case.
In a memo filed ahead of the sentencing hearing, defense attorney Gustav Rosenheim said Martinez admitted to a longstanding drug abuse problem and that he will struggle with that condition the rest of his life.
Rosenheim said Martinez made improvements to his life by completing an anger management program in March and a prison relapse prevention program the following month.
Martinez was arrested along with 13 other people on drug and weapons charges as part of a lengthy investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The investigation focused on the Norteno, or Northside, gang that operates in Nampa and other communities in the Treasure Valley.
Besides Martinez, five other defendants have been sentenced.
• Guadalupe Serrano, 35, Caldwell, 75 months, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and for possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.
• Nicole Danelle Nieto, 31, Nampa, 41 months, distribution of methamphetamine.
• Jose Manuel Menchaca, 35, Nampa, 60 months, distribution of methamphetamine.
• Brandi Larrea, 31, Nampa, 48 months, distribution of methamphetamine
• Tara Noelle Rivera, 30, Nampa, 24 months, distribution of methamphetamine.
Three others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. They are Guillermo Farias Jr., 29, and Michael Bradshaw, 31, both from Nampa, and Kenny P. Breedlove, 35, from California.
Three others, Richard Lobato, 51, Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, both from Nampa, and Isaac Bright, 21, from Caldwell have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Two other defendants, Ruben Rodriguez, 36, and Veronica Cantu, 26, both from Nampa, have not been located and have warrants out for their arrest.