Boise man pleads guilty to meth, gun charges

Rodolfo Antonio Ortega, 29, of Boise pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine for distribution and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Thursday.

According to court documents, Ortega was arrested in a Boise hotel parking lot Oct. 21. When officers searched his car they found a loaded .357 Colt revolver, 9.5 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, baggies and about $4,774 in cash.

Ortega has two prior felony convictions. He admitted that he possessed the methamphetamine with intent to distribute it.

The penalty for possession of meth with intent to distribute it is from five to 40 years. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years.

According to his plea agreement, Ortega acknowledges that he is a career offender, which will enhance the sentencing range applicable to his case, the U.S. attorney's office reports.

Ortega’s sentencing is set for July 7, 2015 before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

The case was investigated by Boise police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.