News Release
Date: July 08, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Oregon Soccer Coach Sentenced in Meth Case

JUL 08 -- (Idaho) - Martin Romero Mendoza, 43, of Ontario, Oregon, will serve 24 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine. Mendoza will also serve five years on supervised release following the completion of his prison term.

Beginning in August 2008, Romero Mendoza, a youth soccer coach in Ontario, sold methamphetamine on several occasions in Oregon and Idaho to law enforcement. He and nine other defendants were arrested in May 2009 after an extensive investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Idaho State Police, and several local police agencies.

In January 2010, Romero Mendoza pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in Boise by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb.