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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Jose, California Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Related Charges in Idaho

POCATELLO – Miguel Gutierrez-Munoz, 40, of San Jose, California, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Gutierrez-Munoz was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 23, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, between February 18, 2014 and March 20, 2014, there was an agreement between the defendant and others to distribute methamphetamine. On March 20, 2014, the defendant assisted a co-defendant in storing in excess of fifty grams of methamphetamine at a storage shed in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This methamphetamine was intended to be distributed to other individuals.

Gutierrez-Munoz’ charge is punishable by ten years to life in prison, a maximum fine of ten million dollars, and at least five years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for June 24, 2015, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.

The case was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Bonneville County Sherriff’s Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, and the Bonneville County Prosecutor’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.

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Updated March 26, 2015