MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE AND ATTEMPTED ESCAPE
The fourth and final defendant in a methamphetamine conspiracy, Anayell Nieto-Rojas, 24, of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced in Pocatello today to 13 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and attempted escape from custody, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Nieto- Rojas to serve five years on supervised release following her release from prison. Nieto-Rojas pled guilty to the charge in August 2010.
Nieto-Rojas’s co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced last year – Basilio Galvan-Reyes was sentenced to 46 months, Alfonzo Rojas-Tena to70 months, and Ubaldo Nieto- Valenzuela to 30 months.
Between April 21 and June 18, 2009, Nieto-Rojas, who was then living in Salt Lake City, Utah, entered into a conspiracy with others to provide methamphetamine to co-defendant Galvan-Reyes, in Idaho, for subsequent distribution. On May 27, 2009, Nieto-Rojas delivered the methamphetamine to Galvan-Reyes at a Preston, Idaho, parking lot. On January 30, 2010, while in U.S. Marshal custody, Nieto-Rojas, along with her cell mate and another prisoner, attempted escape from the Bingham County Jail by breaking and removing the window in their cell.
Nieto-Rojas will be deported to Mexico following her release from federal prison.
The case was investigated Idaho State Police, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Utah Highway Patrol, North Logan (Utah) Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and Bingham County Sheriff’s Department.
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