News Release
Date: April 17, 2012
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: 206-553-1162

Sentencing for Trafficking Methamphetamine in Idaho

April 17 – (Boise, ID)-- Juan Carlos Morales-Cardenas, 39, of San Bernardino, California, was sentenced April 16, 2012, to 97 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Morales-Cardenas was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. He pled guilty to the charge on January 24, 2012.

According to court documents, Morales-Cardenas was involved in a conspiracy with others to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in Idaho. Morales-Cardenas admitted that he supplied methamphetamine to persons who subsequently brought the methamphetamine to Idaho. He also traveled to Idaho to meet with his co-conspirators, during which time he sold methamphetamine to them.

To date, eight co-conspirators have been sentenced to federal prison on related drug trafficking charges.

  • Juan Salto-Vivanco, Caldwell, Idaho, 108 months
  • Juan Ramirez-Bolanos, Caldwell, Idaho, 115 months
  • Eugenio Arrela-Villa, Caldwell, Idaho, 70 months
  • Noel Salto-Vivanco, Caldwell, Idaho, 87 months
  • Fernando Luna-Rodriguez, El Sinore, California, 30 months
  • Ricardo Payan-Beltran, Mexican national, 30 months
  • Jose Cirilo-Duran, Weiser, Idaho, 27 months
  • Francisca Salto-Flores, Caldwell, Idaho, 13 months

The case was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Nampa Police Department.

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.