POCATELLO – Two co-defendants in Eastern Idaho were sentenced in United States District Court yesterday for drug trafficking and related charges, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today. The defendants appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
Juan Aguilar, 60, a Mexian national, formerly residing in San Jose, California, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine. Aguilar was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. He pleaded guilty to the charge on December 19, 2012.
Jose Rios-Jimenez, 62, a Mexican national formerly living in Menan, Idaho, was sentenced to time served – 16 months – for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and illegal entry of a removed alien. He was ordered to forfeit the handgun he illegally possessed. Rio-Jimenez pleaded guilty to the charges on December 18. He will be subject to deportation.
Four co-defendants have pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing. Juan Mendoza, 41, of Menan, pleaded guilty on December 18 to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine; a sentence date has not been set. Raymond Camacho, a/k/a Jesus Mendoza Nunez, 57, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty on January 24, 2013, to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine. Douglas I. McAdam, 47, of Pocatello, pleaded guilty on February 11 to possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of methamphetamine. Camacho and McAdam are set for sentencing on April 29. Marilyn N. Leones, 42, of Pocatello, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; she is set for sentencing on May 28. Eldon K. McConnell, 48, of Pocatello, is scheduled for a competency hearing on April 4.
According to the plea agreements, on November 24, 2011, Camacho and Aguilar were in a vehicle stopped by law enforcement officers in Bannock County, Idaho. A search of the vehicle located approximately three pounds of methamphetamine. Forensic analysis later determined the substance contained in excess of 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. Camacho and Aguilar admitted to knowing the methamphetamine was in the vehicle and possessed it with the intention of distributing it to others.
During execution of a search warrant at Mendoza’s residence in Jefferson County, Idaho, law enforcement discovered various controlled substances. Mendoza later admitted that he possessed the methamphetamine intending to distribute it to others and that he had previously distributed methamphetamine in the Pocatello area. During execution of a second search warrant, at Rios-Jimenez’s residence, also in Jefferson County, law enforcement discovered a Hi-Point.380 caliber pistol, which Rios-Jimenez admitted possessing. Authorities also discovered that Rios-Jimenez was illegally in the United States, having been lawfully removed on December 7, 1990.
The case was investigated by Idaho State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Chubbuck Police Department.