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September 30, 2014

Nampa Man Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Drug Charge and Obstruction of Justice

BOISE—U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Timothy Alan Butterbaugh, 46, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of methamphetamine. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Butterbaugh at the federal courthouse in Boise. Butterbaugh pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine on November 7, 2013. Butterbaugh later admitted that he obstructed justice by conspiring with others in an attempt to intimidate or retaliate against the informant that participated in the drug transaction.

According to the plea agreement and information presented in court, Butterbaugh admitted to selling methamphetamine on June 27, 2013, to a person who was assisting law enforcement as a confidential informant. After he was arrested, Butterbaugh informed others of the identity of the informant and conspired with others to intimidate, or retaliate against, the informant. The informant was never actually harmed.

During the court hearing today, Judge Winmill found that Butterbaugh’s conduct amounted to an obstruction of justice, which resulted in a higher advisory sentencing guideline range. Judge Winmill also ordered Butterbaugh to have no contact with gang members, including outlaw motorcycle gangs, upon release from prison.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The Metro 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 the Idaho Department of Correction.

The case was 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.

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