Rupert Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine
POCATELLO – Jose Luis Hernandez, 26, of Rupert, Idaho, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Hernandez to serve three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, on various dates, including March 14, 2016, Hernandez sold methamphetamine to an informant in Burley, Idaho. In total, Hernandez distributed 81 grams of actual methamphetamine. Hernandez knew he was distributing methamphetamine.
Co-conspirators James Jones, William Walker, and Miguel Otaegui are scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 21, and 22, respectively by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
This conviction is result of a joint investigation and cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mini-Cassia Drug Task Force, Cassia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office.
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.