U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Tuesday the charges, which include distribution of methamphetamine, were the result of a long-term investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. Prosecutors say members of the Aryan Knights gang were involved with trafficking meth and that associates of the gang supplied the drug. The gang is active both in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho, according to investigators. Of the 21 people indicted, 13 were on drug charges, including four counts of conspiracy to distribute meth, 15 counts of distribution of meth, and four counts of possession of meth with the intent to distribute. Eight people were indicted for firearm charges, ranging from unlawfully possessing firearms to possession of sawed-off shotguns. Two of those facing drug charges are also named in the firearm-related indictments. “Methamphetamine trafficking is Idaho’s most serious drug crime,” said Olson. “The involvement of known gang members and the presence of firearms pose significant danger to our communities.” Five people were arrested Tuesday, while 12 others were already behind bars. Warrants have been issued for four more people.
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