Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison
BOISE – Clifford R. Crabtree, 32, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 46 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Crabtree to serve three years of supervised, during which he will be prohibited from associating with gang members.
According to court records and information presented in court, law enforcement officers received information that Crabtree, a documented Southside gang member, was engaged in the sale of methamphetamine. Officers utilized a confidential human source to purchase methamphetamine from Crabtree on two occasions. On June 24, 2014, the confidential human source traveled to a residence in Caldwell, Idaho to purchase methamphetamine from Crabtree. Crabtree introduced the confidential human source to co-defendant Efren Garcia Jr. who was sitting in a parked vehicle a short distance down the road. Garcia provided methamphetamine to the confidential human source and Crabtree was paid for facilitating the transaction at the direction of Garcia. The second controlled purchase occurred on August 5, 2014. During the transaction, Crabtree sold one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine to the confidential human source. Crabtree and Garcia were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 14, 2015. Crabtree pleaded guilty on November 12, 2015. Garcia pleaded guilty on October 29, 2015, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force. The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.
These cases are being 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 treasurevalleypartners.org.