BOISE—Lisa Rochel Samayoa, 45, of Boise; Darin Scott Melton, 44, of Twin Falls, Idaho; Nina Ann Lucas, 32, of Pocatello, Idaho; and Omar Riveroll-Hernandez, 32, of Long Beach, California, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to conspiring together to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
A federal grand jury indicted the defendants on September 12, 2012. The indictment and 13 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 Aryan Knights, a gang active in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho. Through the investigation, law enforcement agents identified Aryan Knights gang members who were trafficking methamphetamine, as well as associates of the gang who were the source of that methamphetamine.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine is punishable by up to life imprisonment, a maximum fine of $10 million, and a minimum term of five years of supervised release.
The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on May 6, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
“Methamphetamine is a dangerous and addictive drug that destroys lives and harms Idaho communities,” said Olson. “These four defendants face severe consequences for choosing to traffic methamphetamine for personal profit. This office and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute drug traffickers.” Olson said that her office had a strong record of prosecuting methamphetamine cases in 2012, with 73 defendants sentenced in federal court in Idaho for methamphetamine distribution crimes.