Federal law-enforcement agents told Citydesk this afternoon that the so-called "Norteno," or Northside, street gang boasts as many as 250 members in the Treasure Valley, primarily Canyon County. But the feds also announced that a half-dozen members of the gang, along with five others, were indicted and busted on a string of weapons and drug-trafficking charges.
A 14-month probe by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force resulted in the seizure of a cache of weapons, including sawed-off shotguns and pistols, and the seizure of methamphetamine smuggled in from Mexico.
Federal drug trafficking can be punishable by up to 20 years behind bars. Unlawful possession of a firearm can result in 10 years in prison.
A string of law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation, including the FBI, ATF, IDOC, and Boise, Caldwell and Nampa police. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson made the announcement.