Another suspect pleads guilty in federal Norteno meth investigation

Jose Enrique Olvera Jr., 51, of Nampa pleaded guilty Tuesday in United States District Court to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Olvera was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14. According to the plea agreement, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Olvera’s residence in June and found methamphetamine, scales, packaging material, drug ledgers, $2,767, seven firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, and ammunition. Olvera was prohibited from possessing the firearms because he was previously convicted of the felony crime of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in 2003.

The charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is punishable by at least five years and up to 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million. The charge of unlawful possession of firearms is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Olvera is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20 at the federal courthouse in Boise.

Olvera was charged as part of an investigation by the multi-agency Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, which focused on the “Norteno” Northside gang that is active in Nampa and other parts of the Treasure Valley. Fourteen individuals were indicted on drug and gun charges as a result of the investigation. So far, nine defendants have been sentenced.