The following was released by the United States Attorney Office of Idaho. Boise Police assisted in investigating this case.
BOISE – Timothy Alan Butterbaugh, 46, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Butterbaugh was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on September 10, 2013, charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine.
According to the plea agreement, an individual working with law enforcement provided information that Butterbaugh was selling methamphetamine. On June 27, 2013, the individual contacted Butterbaugh to arrange to purchase a “quarter.” Later that day, at an agreed upon location in Nampa, Butterbaugh sold the individual one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine for $400. Following the meeting, the individual gave the methamphetamine to law enforcement agents who had conducted surveillance before and during the transaction. Testing by the Drug Enforcement Administration laboratory determined the substance to be 98.8% pure and contained 6.8 grams of actual methamphetamine. Butterbaugh was arrested at his residence on August 28, 2013, during execution of a search warrant.
Butterbaugh faces up to 40 years in prison, a maximum fine of $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for January 23, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell Police Department, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Idaho Department of Correction.
The case is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit treasurevalleypartners.org.