BOISE Twenty-one people have been indicted by a federal grand jury on gun and drug charges, following an investigation into the Aryan Knights gang.
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Tuesday the charges, which include distribution of methamphetamine, were the result of a long-term investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.
Prosecutors say members of the Aryan Knights gang were involved with trafficking meth and that associates of the gang supplied the drug.
The gang is active both in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho, according to investigators.
Of the 21 people indicted, 13 were on drug charges, including four counts of conspiracy to distribute meth, 15 counts of distribution of meth, and four counts of possession of meth with the intent to distribute.
Eight people were indicted for firearm charges, ranging from unlawfully possessing firearms to possession of sawed-off shotguns. Two of those facing drug charges are also named in the firearm-related indictments.
Methamphetamine trafficking is Idaho s most serious drug crime, said Olson. The involvement of known gang members and the presence of firearms pose significant danger to our communities.
Five people were arrested Tuesday, while 12 others were already behind bars. Warrants have been issued for four more people.
Those indicted include:
- James Everette Hood, 40, Boise
- Rory Vincent Palma, 38, Boise
- Joshua Michael Trent, 31, Boise
- Christina Shantell Massie, 35, Boise
- Andrew Gallegos, 23, Boise
- Jose Silva, 30, Boise
- Shannon L. Stewart, 41, Boise
- Michael P. Duschka, 36, Boise
- Dallas Tyler Thompson, 31, Boise
- Cameron James Ball, 25, Boise
- Joshua Michael Nall, 31, Boise
- Nicholas Andrew Steele, 26, Boise
- Lisa Rochel Samayoa, 45, Boise
- Jesse Ray Delgado, 47, Boise
- Stephanie Ann Robinson, 29, Boise
- Dennis Lynn James, 45, Boise
- Christopher John Solders, 26, Twin Falls
- Darin Scott Melton, 44, Twin Falls
- Nina Ann Lucas, 32, Pocatello
- Rigoberto Bastrana Carrasco, 36, Ogden, Utah
- Omar Riveroll-Hernandez, 32, Long Beach, California
The drug charges are punishable by up to life in prison and $10 million in fines, while the gun charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.