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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Arizona Men Sentenced to Prison After Transporting Five Pounds of Heroin to Nampa, Idaho

BOISE – Rodrigo Ramirez, 22, and Irwin Camacho, 19, both of Phoenix, Arizona, were sentenced to federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Ramirez was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to serve 70 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release.  Camacho was sentenced on November 30, 2016, to serve 33 months imprisonment, pay a $4,000 fine, and serve five years of supervised release.  Both were ordered to forfeit $75,000 in cash proceeds. 

Both Ramirez and Camacho pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Ramirez pleaded guilty on October 3, 2016 and Camacho on September 14, 2016.

Ramirez admitted to flying to Boise, from Phoenix, on June 16, 2016, to meet with an undercover officer regarding the sale of heroin.  Camacho, and a juvenile male, drove a vehicle from Phoenix to Nampa which contained five pounds of heroin in a hidden compartment.  All three were arrested in Nampa after meeting with the undercover officer to conduct the sale.   Ramirez had previously been convicted of possession of heroin for sale in Riverside, California.

These cases are the result of a joint investigation by the Nampa Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 20, 2016