Crime

Nampa gang member sent to prison in meth case

U.S. District Court in Boise
U.S. District Court in Boise jsowell@idahostatesman.com

Mario Fernandez Jr., 37, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Police discovered 159 grams of meth inside Fernandez’s residence on Nov. 16, 2015, following a home visit by parole officers with the Idaho Department of Correction and the Nampa Police Department.

Fernandez, a documented member of the Southside gang, had $2,036 in cash in his pocket. Officers also found two firearms, brass knuckles, a large knife and a scale and plastic baggies. At the time of his arrest, Fernandez was on parole for aggravated assault and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

A woman who was in the residence, Bayley L. Bird, 20, was also arrested. Bird, a member of the Northside gang, pleaded guilty in February to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She was sentenced last month to five years in prison.

She is serving her sentence at a federal prison in Dublin, Calif.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Correction, Nampa Police Department, the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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