District of Idaho | Kuna Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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BOISE – Justin Pedersen, 43, of Kuna, was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for distribution of methamphetamine in the Treasure Valley, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today.

According to court records, between November and December 2023, Pedersen distributed methamphetamine to another person on four separate occasions, totaling 309 grams of methamphetamine.  Law enforcement also searched Pedersen’s residence as part of the investigation and located an additional pound of methamphetamine hidden in the wall of his residence.

Pedersen has a lengthy criminal history, which includes felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, witness intimidation, and domestic battery with traumatic injury.

“Idaho enjoys strong partnerships between federal and local law enforcement and, together, we will continue to target and remove dangerous drug dealers from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Hurwit.  “If you deal drugs in Idaho, you will face the consequences.”

“I am grateful for the hard work of our federal partners, and specifically the Boise Police Department’s narcotics detectives who work hard every day to target for investigation, those who facilitate the importation and sale of dangerous and deadly illegal substances in our community,” said Boise Chief of Police Ron Winegar. 

Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Pedersen to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.  Pedersen pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2024.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit commended the work of Drug Enforcement Administration, the Boise Police Department, and the Boise Area Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Team, which led to the charges.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Blackadar prosecuted the case.

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