POCATELLO – Marco Antonio Echeverria, 25, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court to distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, an individual working with law enforcement contacted co-defendant Juan Carlos Garcia and made arrangements to purchase methamphetamine. Garcia directed the individual to another location in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he met with Echeverria. Echeverria told the individual that Garcia had asked him to handle the transaction. The next day, Echeverria provided the individual with methamphetamine, as previously agreed. Echeverria admitted knowing the substance he was distributing was methamphetamine.
Echeverria’s sentencing is set for November 20, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. He faces up to up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and at least three years of supervised release.
Five co-defendants – Juan Garcia, 35, Fausto Enrique Urias, 32, Erica Rodriguez, 33, and Misty Chapman, 29, all of Idaho Falls, and Benito Vasquez Joya, 58, of Rigby Idaho – pleaded guilty earlier this month to related drug charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced on October 23, 2013, in Pocatello.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), including the Idaho State Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Rexburg Police Department, Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Other federal agencies participating in the OCDETF program include the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.