Isela Garza, 30, of Nampa was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in the Treasure Valley, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. Authorities said Garza was the sixth person to be sentenced in a major drug ring that operated in the Treasure Valley.
Senior U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge also ordered that Garza serve four years of supervised release following her release from prison. Garza was indicted on December 8 last year, entered her guilty plea on August 17.
According to a news release from Olson’s office, the drug conspiracy was led by Stacy Wilfong, 40, of Nampa and involved eleven people. Wilfong was sentenced on October 4 of this year, to a little over eighteen years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Law enforcement officers discovered Wilfong and his co-conspirators bought and sold methamphetamine, heroin, pills (including oxycodone), and a synthetic controlled substance called Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, known as "a-PVP," or “bath salts” to individuals throughout the Treasure Valley, the release stated.
Garza obtained methamphetamine from Wilfong and distributed it on his behalf, authorities said.
Four other co-conspirators have already been sentenced. Anthony “Tony” Kitchen, 48, was sentenced to 71 months; Jocelin Gonzalez, 19, to 40 months; and Elizabeth Ann Gaytan, 37, to 100 months. All three are from Nampa. Regina Wade, 50, of Boise was sentenced to 41 months.
Two other co-defendants have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing, according to the release. Breeannyn Pederson, 25, of Parma, is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15, and David Wales, 31, of Boise, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22 of next year.
Two other co-defendants are scheduled to enter guilty pleas. Adam Dillon, 28, of Nampa, is scheduled for a plea change on November 22, of this year, and Jason Burgess is scheduled for a plea change on November 16. One co-defendant, John Caviness, Jr., 34, of Caldwell, is currently set for trial on December 13.
The investigations were the result of a joint investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, involving numerous area law enforcement agencies.