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Investigators uncover true identity of pot bust suspect

UPDATE 10/31/18: Investigators have discovered the true identity of Javier Luna-Gutierrez who was arrested for trafficking 117 pounds of marijuana on Oct. 14 in Idaho Falls and identified himself with a fictitious California Driver’s license.
Police say the Department of Homeland Security Task Force ran the name of “Javier Luna-Gutierrez” through their Federal Database and discovered his true identity was Armando Sarmiento-Sarmiento.

They were able to confirm his identity through a fingerprint check.

The Idaho State Police followed-up on this new information and discovered that Sarmiento-Sarmiento had a United States Marshals Federal Warrant out of Utah.

The warrant was for the following charges:

Count 1 – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
Count 2 – Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
Count 3 – Possession of a Firearm and ammunition by an illegal Alien
Count 4 – Carrying a Firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking crime
Count 5 – Re-Entry of a previously removed Alien

In addition to being charged with Trafficking 117 pounds of marijuana, Sarmiento-Sarmiento was additionally charged by ISP for providing false information to an officer, driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sarmiento-Sarmiento is currently being held in the Bonneville County Jail.



Idaho State Police arrested two people after finding more than 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on U.S. 20 near Idaho Falls on Sunday.

ISP reports during the course of the traffic stop, 117 pounds of packaged marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine was discovered.

The driver, Javier Luna-Gutierrez, 25, of Visalia, CA was arrested for trafficking marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.
The passenger, Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez, 19, of Visalia, CA was arrested for trafficking marijuana.

Both were booked into the Bonneville County Jail.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed an Immigration Detainer on both subjects.

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