MERCED -- A 39-year-old Portland man who was arrested after driving through Merced County with 12 pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced in federal court Monday to three years, 10 months in prison, according to the office of United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
Jesus Jimenez Rincon, 39, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in Nov. 2010 on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Rincon been stopped for speeding, and a drug-detection dog found narcotics hidden in a secret compartment in his vehicle, according to Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for Wagner.
Officers found 12 pounds of methamphetamine, along with four pounds of pseudo-ephedrine pills used to manufacture methamphetamine. There was $3,000 cash in the vehicle, and Rincon had $735 cash in his pockets. He pleaded guilty to the charges on May 6.