Two Men Sentenced in Multistate Drug Ring
COEUR D’ALENE – Adam Arrow Weinberger, 57, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and William Morris Antelope, 47, of Cheney, Washington, are the latest sentenced in a multistate drug investigation, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Weinberger to 92 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, and on Monday sentenced Antelope to 39 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Weinberger and Antelope are two of nine related individuals under federal indictment in Idaho for multistate drug trafficking. The investigation initially centered on methamphetamine and heroin dealers in Lewiston, Clarkston, and the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The investigation expanded to distributors bringing methamphetamine and heroin into Idaho from Oregon and Washington. Five defendants linked to the drug ring have already been sentenced:
- Salvador Saucedo, 27, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison;
- Robin Jo Rose, 31, of Lewiston, Idaho, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison;
- Andrew Byers, 28, of Craigmont, Idaho, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison;
- Kyle Seidel, 32, of Lewiston, Idaho, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison; and,
- Brice Heimgartner, 25, of Clarkston, Washington, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.
As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized kilograms of pure methamphetamine, heroin, guns and cash during numerous searches and arrests in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Several federal, state and local agencies participated in the investigation and prosecution of these cases, including: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lewiston Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office, Latah County Prosecutor’s Office, Moscow Police Department, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Latah County Sherriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Department, Idaho State Police – District 2, Nez Perce Tribal Police Department, Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team, and the Quad Cities Drug Task Force.
These indictments are the result of a joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
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