POCATELLO – Noe Gonzalez, 29, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Pocatello to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 93.53 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to court records, on February 12, 2013, Idaho State Police stopped Gonzalez and his passenger for a traffic violation. Gonzalez provided a false identification document to the officer. Subsequently, police found drug paraphernalia and a handgun inside the vehicle. Gonzalez and his passenger were arrested and the vehicle impounded. When the vehicle was searched pursuant to a search warrant, police discovered a white tube sock containing four baggies of methamphetamine hidden in the dash and 9 millimeter handgun ammunition hidden in a void above the glove box. Forensic examination of the methamphetamine by the Idaho State Lab determined its total weight to be 93.53 grams.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute is punishable by ten years up to life in prison, a maximum fine of $10 million, and at least five years supervised release.
Sentencing is set for November 18, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Idaho State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Other federal agencies participating in the OCDETF program are the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.