Final Guilty Plea in Aryan Knights Investigation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 21, 2013|
BOISE—Joshua Nall, 31, of Boise, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to unlawfully possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Nall admitted that on April 13, 2012, he possessed a Glock .40 pistol, which he provided to a confidential informant. Nall was prohibited from possessing the pistol because he was previously convicted of the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in 2008.
The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Nall is set for sentencing on August 20, 2013, before the Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, at the federal courthouse in Boise.
Nall’s case is part of a larger investigation involving the Aryan Knights gang, in which 23 people were charged with drug trafficking and firearms violations. Nall is the 23rd person to plead guilty. Fifteen of the 23 people have already been sentenced while the others are awaiting sentencing. The charges are a result of a long-term investigation by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The investigation began when the task force focused on illegal drug distribution by the Aryan Knights, a gang active in prison and on the streets throughout Idaho. Through the investigation, law enforcement agents identified Aryan Knights gang members who were trafficking methamphetamine, as well as associates of the gang who were the source of that methamphetamine.
The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force is composed 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 Corrections. The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) also contributed to the investigation, including 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 (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.
Nall’s case is being 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 composed 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.