Magic Valley man sentenced to 10 years in drug distribution case | USAO ID

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BOISE — A Gooding man was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine.

According to court records, beginning in early 2020, law enforcement officers received reports that Ruben Robles-Ramos, 49, of Gooding, was involved in distributing methamphetamine in Magic Valley. An investigation was opened and revealed that Robles-Ramos had sold methamphetamine to another person on three occasions. During subsequent investigative efforts, law enforcement learned of the existence of storage units used by Robles-Ramos and others to store controlled substances. A search of these storage units resulted in the seizure of approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine, 1½ pounds of heroin and five firearms, including an AK-47 type assault rifle.

Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Robles-Ramos to serve five years of probation. Robles-Ramos is expected to be deported to Mexico at the end of his sentence.

U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr., of the District of Idaho made the announcement and praised the cooperative efforts of the Idaho State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Twin Falls, Gooding, Jerome, Minidoka, and Cassia County Sheriff’s Offices, Twin Falls Police Department, and Jerome County District Attorney’s Office, which led to charges.

This lawsuit is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach focused on intelligence, which leverages the forces of federal authorities, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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