Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mexican National sentenced to 12+years for distributing Meth

09-26-11 Mexican National sentenced to 12+years for distributing Meth

News Release from the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney District of Idaho. This case was investigated by officers with the Boise Police Department.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG
Public Information Officer
JUSTIN D. WHATCOTT
Assistant United States Attorney
(208) 334-1211

Mexican National Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine BOISE - Martin Noriega a/k/a Martin Clemente Niebla, 42, of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Noriega to serve five years of supervised release and do 200 hours of community service after he is released from prison.

Noriega pleaded guilty to the charge on March 29, 2011. Noriega admitted in court to conspiring with three other individuals to distribute greater than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the District of Idaho between July 2005 and October 2006. The investigation revealed the conspiracy was responsible for the distribution of over 100 pounds of methamphetamine in Idaho during this period.

Two co-defendants were sentenced earlier on related drug charges. Meliton Nunez-Felix, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced in April to 87 months in prison; Maria R. Borda was sentenced in November 2008 to 24 months. 

"These defendants received well deserved prison sentences for bringing this dangerously addictive drug to Idaho communities," said Olson. "The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to work with state and federal law enforcement officers throughout Idaho to ensure that drug traffickers are caught, prosecuted and convicted."

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the BANDIT unit of the Boise Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, and the High Desert Task Force in Payette, Idaho. The investigation was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multijurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.