Crime

Man accused of threatening Meridian residents now charged with federal drug crime

Herman Lee Sedillo, 54, was already facing state charges of aggravated assault and use of a deadly weapon. Now, he’s charged in federal court with distribution of methamphetamine.

Last September, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Boise office of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency learned that a man traveling between Boise and California was distributing meth. Following an investigation and surveillance, officers identified Sedillo as the suspect.

On Oct. 27, 2016, investigators located a green GMC Sonoma pickup that belonged to Sedillo parked at a downtown Boise hotel. He was seen walking from the vehicle into the hotel carrying a red backpack, according to court documents.

An undercover officer contacted Sedillo the same day and arranged to meet him at a local grocery store parking lot to arrange a deal. The officer purchased 56 grams of meth for $1,000.

In April, Sedillo was accused of trying to enter a neighbor’s home in Meridian and pointing a gun at people inside the residence. Police suspected Sedillo might have been high on meth when he went to the neighbor’s home in the 800 block of West Jacksnipe Drive on April 26 and knocked on the door.

Meridian police issued an all-points bulletin and two days later Sedillo turned himself in.

He is scheduled to appear in Ada County District Court on July 11 for arraignment.

No hearings have been scheduled in the federal case.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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