Three Individuals Sentenced for Methamphetamine Distribution and Money Laundering
POCATELLO – Edgar Amador-Carrillo, age 23, and Atenedoro Hernandez-Gomez, age 28, both of Malta, Idaho, were sentenced yesterday for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Hernandez-Gomez was also sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Amador-Carrillo to 135 months in prison and Hernandez-Gomez to 150 months in prison. Yesterday, Judge Winmill sentenced co-defendant Sheyla Aguilar, age 25, of Ventura, California to 18 months in prison for money laundering related to the drug offense. Amador-Carrillo and Hernandez-Gomez pleaded guilty on June 21, 2016, and Aguilar pleaded guilty on June 29, 2016.
According to the plea agreements, on January 21, 2016, Amador-Carrillo agreed to provide an undercover officer with one pound of methamphetamine. While traveling to the location of the meeting, Amador-Carrillo and Hernandez-Gomez were stopped by law enforcement in Bonneville County, Idaho. A search of the vehicle uncovered 454 grams of actual methamphetamine. Additionally, a search of the vehicle recovered a Star Arms .45 ACP handgun, serial number 2060457, in the glove compartment of the car. A fingerprint of Amador-Carrillo’s was found on the handgun. Prior to that, Aguilar received $1,000 from Amador-Carrillo in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Aguilar knew this money represented the proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine. At Amador-Carrillo’s direction, Aguilar wired this money via Money-Gram to a person out of state.
The case was investigated by the Idaho Falls Police Department, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, United States Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney in cooperation with the Bonneville Prosecutor’s Office.