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Jesus Fontest, 52 of Jerome, has been sentenced to 188 months for conspiracy to distribute meth.

Fontes agreed to forfeit cash proceeds of $25,000 and the Durango Bar, which is located at 250 West Main Street in Jerome.


According to the plea agreement and arguments made at sentencing today, Fonte, the owner and operator of the Durango Bar in Jerome, was a manager and supervisor of a drug trafficking organization that distributed multiple pounds of high-purity methamphetamine throughout the Magic Valley. At the time of his arrest, Fontes was in possession of a handgun, cash and methamphetamine. Five additional firearms were recovered from his residence. A search of a residence used by Fontes found almost two pounds of 100% pure methamphetamine hidden in a crawlspace under a bedroom. According to the plea agreement, Fontes conducted drug transactions at his bar during the course of the conspiracy and sold a firearm.

“In their quest for illegal profits, local organizations and individuals continue to bring this dangerously addictive drug into our communities,” said Olson. “We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to use all available resources to investigate and prosecute those who traffic in methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.”


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