California man sent to prison in Idaho meth trafficking case

U.S. District Courthouse in Boise
U.S. District Courthouse in Boise

Francisco Sandoval, 60, was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 years in prison for his role in shipping large quantities of methamphetamine to Idaho.

In January 2015, Sandoval, from Placentia, Calif., sent eight pounds of high-grade meth to Ada County. His son, Jorge Sandoval, and another ringleader, Oscar Adan Jaimez Munoz, were arrested after they delivered the drugs to Meridian and collected payment.

Altogether, 14 people were arrested in the case. A total of 10 pounds of methamphetamine was brought to Idaho from Califonria betweene August 2014 and January 2015.

Francisco Sandoval, who federal prosecutors said led the drug ring, had faced a minimum of 10 years in prison to life. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Sandoval to forfeit $100,000 in drug proceeds.

He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute meth.

Rafael Sotero Lopez Vasquez, 43, of Nampa, and Horacio Linares, 47, of Anaheim, Calif., await sentencing in the case after pleading guilty.

Carmen J. Gomez Rangel, 49, of Nampa, remains a fugitive.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise, Meridian and Nampa police departments, along with the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Others sentenced:

▪  Oscar Adan Jaimez Munoz, of Anaheim, Calif., 20 years

▪  Ruben Rangel Perez, 34, of Placentia, Calif., 11 years

▪  Jorge Sandoval, 23, of Placentia, 87 months

▪  Jose Luis Corrales Cruz, 58, of Ramona, Calif., 72 months

▪  Juan Navarrete, 20, of Ontario, Ore., 37 months

▪  Andres Vatarrete, 26, of Ontario, 37 months

▪  Marco Antonio Tinoco, 26, of Ontario, 33 months

▪  Hernan Arteaga Solchaga, 24, of Nampa, 30 months

▪  Ruby Martinez, 41, of Nampa, 24 months

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell