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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 4, 2013

Man Sentenced For Distributing Meth In Orofino Area

COEUR D'ALENE – Jacob Custodio, 31, of Apple Valley, California, was sentenced today in federal court in Coeur d’Alene to 48 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Custodio to serve four years of supervised release following his prison term and perform 120 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the charge on July 16, 2012.

According to court testimony, Custodio admitted that on December 22, 2011, he provided what he knew to be methamphetamine to co-defendant John Gilbert Rincon, in Orofino, Idaho.

On January 18, 2012, a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene indicted Custodio and three co-defendants for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine. Two defendants, April L. Lauby and Robin L. Spencer, both of Orofino, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and were sentenced last year to serve federal prison sentences. Lauby was sentenced on July 17, 2012, to 12 months plus one day in prison; Spencer was sentenced on September 10, 2012, to 24 months. According to court testimony, Lauby admitted that she assisted in the distribution of methamphetamine by driving individuals to drug transactions and being present during the transactions. Spencer admitted that she used her house as a stash house and helped to distribute methamphetamine.

Co-defendant John Gilbert Rincon, 41, of Orofino, pleaded guilty on December 4 to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for March 4 at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene. He faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $5 million, and at least four years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.