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Mexican National Sentenced for Role in North Idaho Meth Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2012

Court Ordered Forfeiture of $275,000 in Cash

COEUR D'ALENE – Sebastian Gomez-Medina, 41, a Mexican national formerly residing in Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Gomez-Medina to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term and forfeit $275,000 in cash as proceeds from the illegal drug activity. Gomez-Medina pleaded guilty to the charge on January 4, 2012.

According to court documents, an investigation by the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force found that Gomez-Medina brought methamphetamine into Idaho for distribution by others.

The case was investigated by the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force (NIVCTF), which is a Federal Bureau of Investigation sponsored Safe Streets Task Force comprised of law enforcement from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Coeur d’Alene City Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, Bonner County Sheriff's Department, Shoshone County Sheriff's Department, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The task force also participates with the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and coordinates as needed with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Forest Service. The NIVCTF investigates a myriad of violent crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault and drug trafficking.