Five members of a northern Idaho motorcycle gang are among 20 people who face drug-related charges following a year-long investigation into an alleged international methamphetamine ring.

Law enforcement agents say that members of the Hermanos motorcycle gang, based in Sandpoint, were "foot soldiers" for a larger drug distribution operation.

Bonner County sheriff's Sgt. Marty Ryan told the Spokesman-Review the Hermanos helped run drugs for the international Bandidos motorcycle gang.

Ryan says Bandidos members may already be entrenched in the community.

A four-man team worked for about 12 months to build a case against the men, relying on anti-gang laws passed by the 2006 Legislature that make recruiting gang members a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.