DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 126 MONTHS FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE METH
Ricardo Rodriguez-Avila, 26, a Mexican national charged by two separate indictments, was sentenced on January 5, 2011, by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to serve 126 months in each case for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and illegal re-entry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced. The sentences will run concurrently. Rodriguez-Avila must also serve five years of supervised release after his release from prison.
Rodriguez-Avila, of Idaho Falls, pled guilty in October 2010. Four of seven codefendants are currently serving federal prison sentences on drug trafficking charges – Teresa L. Mondino, 51 months, Bobbie Lydia Ebrahim, 41 months, David Bruce Paulson, 87 months, and Gilbert Dominguez, 60 months.
The investigation was jointly handled by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Falls Police Department.
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