Caldwell man pleads guilty in Aryan Knights drug trafficking case
Joseph Goulart, 42, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.
In court, Goulart admitted that he conspired with others to distribute meth.
In September 2012, law enforcement agents served a search warrant on Goulart’s home, where they found approximately one and one-half pounds of methamphetamine.
A federal grand jury indicted Goulart on October 10, 2012. The indictment and thirteen others were the result of a long-term investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The investigation focused on illegal drug distribution by the so-called “Aryan Knights,” a gang active in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho.
Through their investigation, police identified Aryan Knights gang members who were trafficking meth, as well as associates of the gang who were the source of the drug.
The charge is punishable by a minimum term of ten years up to life in prison, a maximum fine of $10 million, and a minimum term of five years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for April 30, at the federal courthouse in Boise.