BOISE — Acting United States Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced today that last week’s search of a residence in Homedale, Idaho, resulted in the filing of federal drug charges against Ricardo Renteria-Castillo, 29, a Mexican national. A criminal complaint filed last week in federal court alleges that on August 9, 2017, Renteria-Castillo possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. It also alleges that from July 2017, until August 8, 2017, Renteria-Castillo conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine.
Renteria-Castillo appeared in federal court in Boise on August 11, 2017. Trial has not yet been scheduled.
Both charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $1 million and three years of supervised release.
The following law enforcement agencies participated in the search of the residence were the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Homedale Police Department, the Boise Police Department, the Nampa Police Department, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mini Cassia Drug Task Force. The investigation is also part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which includes the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and the U.S. Marshals Service. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
A complaint is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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