Two Malta men were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pocatello Tuesday as part of an investigation into methamphetamine distribution and money laundering in Bonneville County.
Edgar Amador-Carrillo,23, and Atendedoro Hernandez-Gomez,28, were sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Hernandez-Gomez was also sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Amador-Carrillo was sentenced to 135 months in prison. Henrandez-Gomez was sentenced to 150 months in prison. Both men pleaded guilty to the charge on June 21, 2016.
A co-defendant, Sheyla Aguilar,25, of Ventura, California was sentenced to 18 months in prison for money laundering related to the drug offense. No mugshot is available for Aguilar.
According to plea agreements, 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 Bonneville County deputies. A search of the vehicle uncovered 454 grams of actual methamphetamine.
Additionally, a search of the vehicle recovered a Star Arms .45 ACP handgun 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. According to court documents, 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.