News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 01, 2010
Contact:Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Two Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

DEC 01 -- (Idaho) - Juan Manuel De La Rosa-Munoz, 28, of Aguas Calientes, Mexico, was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. De La Rosa-Munoz was ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. De La Rosa-Munoz pled guilty to the charge in September 2010.

Co-defendant Luis Antonio De La Rosa-Cortez, 34, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced on November 29, 2010, to 121 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine and illegal reentry. De La Rosa-Cortez was ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. His federal sentence will run consecutively to a state sentence being served on a parole violation.

According to the plea agreement, in 1999, De La Rosa-Cortez was convicted in Idaho for trafficking in heroin, for which he was sentenced to 15 years in state prison. After serving approximately four years, he was paroled and deported to Mexico. He then illegally returned to the United States and began selling methamphetamine. Because he violated his parole by returning to Idaho, he was arrested on the parole violation and was sent back to state prison. De La Rosa-Cortez pled guilty to the federal charges in September 2010.

Both defendants will be deported to Mexico following their release from federal prison. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.