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Orofino Woman Sentenced in Meth Trafficking Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2012

Two Co-Defendants Plead Guilty

COEUR D'ALENE – April L. Lauby, 45, of Orofino, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 12 months plus one day in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Lauby to serve five years of supervised release following her prison term. Lauby pled guilty to the charge on April 24, 2012.

Judge Lodge noted at sentencing that although Lauby had no prior criminal history, the need for deterrence and the safety of the community required a prison sentence.

According to court testimony, Lauby admitted that she assisted in the distribution of methamphetamine by driving individuals to drug transactions and being present during these transactions. On January 18, 2012, a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene returned an indictment charging Lauby and three others with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distributing methamphetamine in Idaho.

Co-defendant Robin L. Spencer, 51, also of Orofino, pled guilty on June 19 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10 before Judge Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene. Co-defendant Jacob Custodio, 30, of Apple Valley, California, pled guilty on July 16 to distributing methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for October 9.

Co-defendant John Gilbert Rincon, 41, of Orofino, is currently in Idaho State custody and has not yet made an appearance in federal court.

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