Printed on: April 02, 2013

Man sentenced to prison in meth drug case

By J.E. Mathewson

A Mexican national arrested in Bannock County was sentenced Monday in federal court for possession of methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Juan Aguilar, 60, formerly of San Jose, Calif., to 120 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Following his release, Aguilar must serve five years of supervised release. He also was fined $1,000.

Aguilar was arrested in November 2011 after Idaho State Police completed a traffic stop in Bannock County in which Aguilar was a passenger in his own vehicle.

Aguilar and the driver were traveling east on Interstate 86 in a Chevrolet Impala with Jefferson County plates. According to previous reports, the vehicle was stopped for having too dark a tint on its windows. Officers searched the vehicle and uncovered 2.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine.

Raymond Camacho of Fresno, Calif., the driver of the vehicle, was also arrested. His sentencing is scheduled for April 29.

Juan Mendoza and Jose Rios-Jimenez also were arrested and charged with conspiring with Aguilar and Camacho to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Rios-Jimenez was sentenced to 16 months in prison and agreed to forfeiture of a firearm.

Mendoza's sentencing hearing has been continued to a later date.

Reporter Jen Mathewson can be reached at 542-6751.