News Release
Date: May 23, 2012
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: 206-553-1162

Meth Distributor in Idaho Gets Long Sentence 

May 23 – (Boise, ID) Angel Valdez-Soto, 20, also known as Danny Leon-Romos, a Mexican national, was sentenced on May 22, 2012, to 108 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine. Valdez-Soto was also ordered to forfeit proceeds from his illegal drug activity, including $160,000 in United States currency.

Valdez-Soto pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing methamphetamine on February 27, 2012. According to court documents, he admitted that he distributed at least 150 grams of methamphetamine.

Co-defendant Roy Brian Coolidge, 43, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced on April 2, 2012, to 57 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Co-defendant Jose Romos-Gonzales, 25, also known as “Taliban,” a Mexican national illegally in the United States, was convicted on March 12 by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine. Romos-Gonzales was living in Caldwell, Idaho, at the time of his arrest. During the trial, the jury heard evidence that between January 1 and May 18, 2011, Romos-Gonzales and Valdez-Soto entered into a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho. According to court testimony, the men obtained methamphetamine from a source in Southern California and sold it in Idaho. Romos-Gonzales and Valdez-Soto traveled to California on several occasions to obtain pound-quantities of methamphetamine. According to trial testimony, Gonzales and Soto were aided in the conspiracy by co-defendants Coolidge, Luis Angel Nunez-Leon, Jose Gregorio Valenzuela-Favela, and others. Romos-Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5.

Two co-defendants, Luis Angel Nunez-Leon and Jose Gregorio Valenzuela-Favela, are fugitives.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Boise Police Department and the Nampa Police Department.