News Release
Date: May 15, 2012
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: 206-553-1162

Guilty Plea for Twin Falls Methamphetamine
Distribution by Nampa, Idaho Man

May 15, 2012 – (Boise, ID) - Sergio Duarte-Tavera, 25, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Boise to distributing in excess of five grams of actual methamphetamine.

According to the plea agreement, on May 3, 2011, arrangements were made by an individual to purchase two ounces of methamphetamine from Duarte-Tavera. The two subsequently met in Twin Falls, Idaho, where Duarte-Tavera provided the purchaser with in excess of five grams of actual methamphetamine, with payment to be made at a later date. Duarte-Tavera made these arrangements knowing he was providing methamphetamine to another person.

Duarte-Tavera faces a minimum term of five years up to forty years in prison, a maximum fine of $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for August 1, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was the result of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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.