Caldwell meth dealer gets 12 years in prison

BOISE, IDAHO – Ismael Rodriguez, 41, of Caldwell, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 151 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Rodriguez to pay a $1,000 fine and serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Rodriguez pled guilty to the charge on October 9, 2020.

According to court records, a federal grand jury indicted Rodriguez on April 10, 2019, after Nampa Police Department officers found him in possession of a firearm, over four pounds of methamphetamine, and nearly a pound of heroin. In imposing his sentence, Chief Judge Nye noted that Rodriguez has thirteen prior adult criminal convictions including firearms offenses and robbery, is an admitted gang member, and previously served time in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Nampa Police Department.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit www.treasurevalleypartners.org.