Four Mexican Nationals Sentenced as Part of Large Narco Operation in Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho -- Four Mexican nationals were sentenced for involvement in a large methamphetamine trafficking organization in eastern Idaho on May 30, 2013. The Mexican national receiving the longest sentence, Samuel Nevarez-Ayon, age 26, was sentenced to 292 months in US prison, according to the US Attorney's office.

Three other Mexican nationals were sentenced, along with four US citizens. Three more US citizens are set to be sentenced in September.

Particularly concerning in the case is that authorities say Mexican national Nevarez-Ayon played a leadership role in the narcotics operation, with now-convicted US citizens having operated under his direction. The investigation was part of an effort from the US Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), which the US Department of Justice (DOJ) describes as existing to combat “large and sophisticated” organized crime and narcotics operations.

The sentences for this large narcotics ring with Mexican nationals in leadership comes only fifteen days after Oregon authorities busted what they described as a “large Mexican cartel-connected narcotics operation in Oregon state." The Oregon busts netted 38 arrests after raids in at least 23 locations. The initial investigation into the Oregon case began immediately after authorities there began to find buried bodies on US soil. 

Though the Oregon DOJ would not confirm the bodies were part of the Mexican cartel-connected operation, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News they made sure to mention that they would not deny the connection either. The Oregon DOJ also declined to comment on the immigration status or citizenship of any of the 38 people they arrested.


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