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Idaho man sentenced to 26 months for role in 'spice' ring

BOISE, Idaho — A Boise man involved in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute the drug analog "spice" was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison for money laundering in a case investigated by the Idaho Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Robert Eoff, 31, admitted that he knowingly entered into a conspiracy with three other co-conspirators to conduct financial transactions in connection with a spice manufacturing and distribution business beginning in March 2011, according to court records. Eoff assisted in the financial activity of the illicit business by engaging in bank and other financial transactions, through both domestic and foreign financial institutions. The ring conspired to purchase and import from China chemicals that they used to treat innocuous plant matter to make spice, a synthetic cannabinoid.

One other defendant was sentenced May 21 to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution. Two others are scheduled to be sentenced in August and September.

The case was the result of a joint OCDETF investigation, which included the cooperative law enforcement efforts of HSI; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; the Boise, Meridian and Nampa police departments; and the Ada County and Canyon County sheriff's offices.

The OCDETF program is a federal multiagency task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.