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Mexican National Sentenced for Meth Distribution

SEP 23 (POCATELLO, Idaho) – Juan Ramon Yuen-Rodriguez, 29, of Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced on September 15, 2014, after having previously pleaded guilty on May 24, 2014, to distribution of methamphetamine.  Yuen-Rodriquez was sentenced to 210 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $500 fine. 

According to the plea agreement, on various dates, including August 14, 2013, Yuen-Rodriguez agreed to deliver methamphetamine to an undercover officer in Heyburn, Idaho.  While driving to the meeting, Yuen-Rodriguez along with co-defendant Jose Felix-Burgos, were stopped by law enforcement. In a box in the back seat of the vehicle officers found 2,024 grams of actual methamphetamine. At sentencing, Judge Winmill commented that part of the reason for the sentence imposed was that he believed Yuen-Rodriguez’ sole purpose for coming to the United States was to sell large quantities of drugs.  Co-defendant Felix-Burgos is scheduled to be sentenced on October 7, 2014.

The case was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Canyon County Narcotics Unit, Meridian Police Department, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, and the Mini-Cassia Drug Task Force.

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.

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