Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Murder conspiracy charges unlikely against drug kingpin

Express Staff Writer

Tristar Peon Ontiveros

The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is not expected to file new charges against convicted drug dealer Tristar Peon Ontiveros, alleged to have conspired to kill a confidential informant while Ontiveros was an inmate in the Blaine County Jail.

"Still investigating but we may not have enough to charge," Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas wrote in a brief statement to the Idaho Mountain Express. Thomas could not be reached by press deadline Tuesday afternoon for additional information.

Ontiveros, meanwhile, is an inmate at the Idaho State Penitentiary, where he is serving a 10-year sentence for trafficking in methamphetamine. He was one of 13 suspects indicted by a Blaine County grand jury in April following a major drug bust by the county's Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Ontiveros, who was originally indicted by the grand jury on 10 drug felonies, was considered by investigators as a major methamphetamine dealer in the Wood River Valley. Court records state that he is an illegal immigrant and will likely be deported to Mexico once released from prison. He is not eligible for parole until May 2014.

Ontiveros was sentenced to prison on Dec. 10 in Blaine County 5th District Court.

He was investigated for possible murder conspiracy charges for statements he allegedly made to other Blaine County Jail inmates prior to sentencing.

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