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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boise Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Meth and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

BOISE – Rodolfo Antonio Ortega, 29, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine for distribution, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to court proceedings, Ortega was arrested in a Boise hotel parking lot on October 21, 2014.  When the officers searched his car they found a loaded .357 Colt revolver, 9.5 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, and about $4,774 in cash.  Ortega admitted that he is a convicted felon and knowingly possessed the firearm.  Ortega has two prior felony convictions.  He also admitted that he possessed the methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.  According to his plea agreement, Ortega acknowledges that he is a Career Offender, which will enhance the sentencing guideline range applicable to his case.

The penalty for possession of meth with intent to distribute it is not less than 5 years, and not more than 40 years.  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years.  Punishment as a Career Offender increases the punishment range.  Ortega’s sentencing is set for July 7, 2015 before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

The Indictment was handed down on November 13, 2014.  The case was investigated by the Boise City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated April 23, 2015