California man convicted in scheme to smuggle meth and Viagra into the Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has handed down a 54-month prison sentence to a man who prosecutors say helped smuggle 26 pounds of methamphetamine into the Bay Area and then made a quick trip across the border to get Viagra for a co-conspirator.

William Riedy, 59, was sentenced last month by US District Judge Vince Chhabria, after pleading guilty to a charge of distributing methamphetamine. Riedy was charged last year along with co-defendants Mark Ogo and Anthony Christian Valdovinos.

Prosecutors say Riedy smuggled the drug into the United States and passed it on to Ogo and Valdovinos, but not before making another quick trip to Mexico and returning to get Viagra for Ogo. The duo then took them from Calexico to the San Mateo area, where they retrieved the methamphetamine from a tire.

“We did it! Or should I say Chris did it. He had the idea of ​​cutting the tire in the round and not across and it worked!” Ogo reportedly texted Riedy after the trip north was completed.

Riedy’s attorney, Kenneth Wine, wrote in a sentencing note that his client struggled with methamphetamine addiction for years. He said Riedy started using again after being diagnosed with a “life-threatening” drug illness that “nearly killed him”.

Prosecutors argued that Riedy’s ability to obtain methamphetamine in Mexico and then make a quick trip across the border and back for Viagra showed he had developed illicit relationships of trust in south of the border.

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