Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mexican National Convicted for Distributing Meth

/////This release distributed as a courtesy from the U.S. Attorney's Office/////

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON MAY 22, 2012
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG
Public Information Officer
JUSTIN D. WHATCOTT
Assistant U. S. Attorney
(208) 334-1211


Mexican National Sentenced for Distributing Meth


Five charged in federal indictment
BOISE – Mexican national Angel Valdez-Soto, 20, also known as Danny Leon-Romos
was sentenced today to 108 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for
distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District
Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Valdez-Soto to forfeit proceeds from his illegal drug
activity, including $160,000 in United States currency.


Valdez-Soto pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing methamphetamine on February
27, 2012. According to court documents, he admitted that he distributed at least 150 grams of
methamphetamine.


Co-defendant Roy Brian Coolidge, 43, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced on April 2, 2012,
to 57 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute
methamphetamine.


Co-defendant Jose Romos-Gonzales, 25, also known as “Taliban,” a Mexican national
illegally in the United States, was convicted on March 12 by a federal jury of conspiracy to
distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine. Romos-Gonzales was living in
Caldwell, Idaho, at the time of his arrest. During the trial, the jury heard evidence that between
January 1 and May 18, 2011, Romos-Gonzalez and Valdez-Soto entered into a conspiracy to
distribute methamphetamine in Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho. According to court
testimony, the men obtained methamphetamine from a source in Southern California and sold it
in Idaho. Romos-Gonzales and Valdez-Soto traveled to California on several occasions to obtain
pound-quantities of methamphetamine. According to trial testimony, Gonzales and Soto were
aided in the conspiracy by co-defendants Coolidge, Luis Angel Nunez-Leon, Jose Gregorio
Valenzuela-Favela, and others. Romos-Gonzales is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5.
Two co-defendants, Luis Angel Nunez-Leon and Jose Gregorio Valenzuela-Favela, are
fugitives.


“These defendants will serve lengthy prison sentences for bringing this dangerously
addictive drug into Idaho communities,” said Olson. “State and federal law enforcement officers
throughout Idaho will work together to ensure that those trafficking in methamphetamine are
caught, prosecuted and convicted.”
The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Nampa Police Department.


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