Pocatello, Idaho — Four Mexican nationals were sentenced forinvolvement in a large methamphetamine trafficking organization in eastern Idaho on May 30, 2013. The Mexican national receiving thelongest sentence, Samuel Nevarez-Ayon, age 26, was sentenced to 292months 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 authoritiessay Mexican national Nevarez-Ayon played a leadership role in thenarcotics operation, with now-convicted US citizens having operatedunder his direction. The investigation was part of an effortfrom the US Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF),which the US Department of Justice (DOJ) describes as existing tocombat “large and sophisticated” organized crime and narcoticsoperations.
The sentences for this large narcotics ring with Mexican nationals inleadership comes only fifteen days after Oregon authorities busted whatthey described as a “large Mexican cartel-connected narcotics operationin Oregon state.” The Oregon busts netted 38 arrestsafter raids in at least 23 locations. The initial investigation into theOregon case began immediately after authorities there began to findburied bodies on US soil.
Though the Oregon DOJ would not confirm thebodies 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 connectioneither. The Oregon DOJ also declined to comment on the immigrationstatus or citizenship of any of the 38 people they arrested.