The reported head of a Treasure Valley methamphetamine ring unwittingly had one of his sellers bring a confidential informant and an undercover police officer right to his Nampa home, according to documents filed in federal court in Boise.
Police began investigating the ring they said was headed by Stacy Duane Wilfong, 39, after the informant told them in January 2015 that a Nampa woman, Elizabeth A. Gaytan, was selling methamphetamine.
On Jan. 8, 2015, the informant and the officer went to Gaytan’s home. She told them they would have to go meet her source. They went to a gas station, where the officer handed Gaytan $120 in cash. She allegedly met with Wilfong and returned with 1.8 grams of meth, court documents said.
After two additional buys of 2.5 grams of meth from Gaytan, 36, that month, the officer and a second undercover officer met with Gaytan in February. She said she had a half-ounce of meth at “her boss’s house.” They drove her to Wilfong’s home, where they paid Gaytan $300 for a quarter-ounce.
One of the officers returned to Wilfong’s home another time with Gaytan Aug. 14, when he bought a quarter-pound of meth for $2,400.
Altogether, the officers purchased $5,640 worth of meth from Gaytan.
Wilfong, Gaytan and nine other defendants were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Besides meth, the group sold heroin, oxycodone and hydromorphone, prosecutors say. The latter two are prescription painkillers.
Gaytan and co-defendant Jocelin J. Gonzalez, 19, have agreed to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge. A second charge against Gonzalez for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute will be dropped in exchange for her guilty plea, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday.
They are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday to change their not guilty pleas.
Gonzalez was found with five grams of meth in her possession after a traffic stop. Canyon County deputies also found a drug ledger, along with a scale and packaging materials.
Authorities obtained permission from Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to tap Wilfong’s phone. They recorded conversations between him, Gaytan and other defendants.
Wilfong was arrested Aug. 25 during a traffic stop in Jackpot, Nev. Gonzalez, who was with him, was caught with an ounce of meth in a backpack, prosecutors said.
Wilfong and the other defendants have pleased not guilty and are scheduled to go to trial June 7.
The other defendants are:
▪ David A. Wales, 31, of Boise
▪ Anthony J. Kitchen, 47, of Boise
▪ John M. Caviness Jr., 34, of Caldwell
▪ Breeannyn N. Pederson, 25, of Parma
▪ Adam W. Dillon, 52, of Nampa
▪ Regina Wade, 50, of Boise
▪ Isela F. Garza, 36, of Caldwell
▪ Jason L. Burgess, 43, of Boise