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BOISE -- A Caldwell man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for distribution of meth, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.

Thirty-two-year-old Shawn Lynn Gordon was sentenced Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill. Gordon must also serve five years of probation following his prison term and forfeit $2,800. Gordon pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

According to court documents, on May 5, 2011, Gordon -- an associate of the Northside, or Norteno street gang -- sold approximately 26 grams of meth to an individual at his home for $1,400.

Gordon admitted that between April 27 and May 5, 2011, he distributed 48.1 grams of meth.

Prosecutors say Gordon and 10 other gang members and associates were indicted in October and November last year for a number of drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Eight of the defendants have pleaded guilty; Gordon is the first to be sentenced.

This 10 year sentence underscores that violent street gang members who engage in drug trafficking will receive swift and sure punishment, said Olson.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force and 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.

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