Jesus Guadalupe Sanchez will spend the next three decades in a federal prison for his role in a drug ring responsible for selling about 11 pounds of methamphetamine in southwest Idaho in 2012.
Federal prosecutors say the 32-year-old Sanchez (who is in the U.S. illegally and also goes by the name of Jose Salazar) was the leader of the conspiracy, which had 13 other people involved.
Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill gave Sanchez a 400 month prison sentence (just over 33 years) Monday on two meth distribution charges. Once released from prison, Sanchez will have to spend five years on federal parole and could be deported, according to U.S. Department of Justice reports.
Winmill also sentenced 42-year-old Michael Dennis Morris of Weiser Monday to a 13 year prison term in connection with the case. Morris will have to pay a $2,000 fine and spend eight years on parole after his release, according to reports.
In January, an Idaho jury found Sanchez, Morris, and co-defendant Jim Allen Loveland conspired with others to distribute a total of approximately eleven pounds of methamphetamine in Canyon, Payette and Washington counties between November 2011 and May 16, 2012. The trial took six days. Eight other members of the conspiracy were sentenced in February and March for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, including Dawson Lee Moore, of Weiser, to 36 months in prison; Benjamine L. Vertner, of Ontario, Oregon, to 138 months; Patric Campbell, of Boise, 124 months; Kristopher Hensley, of Weiser, to 51 months; Johnny A. Tambunga, of Weiser, to 47 months; Jacob James Clevenger, of Weiser, to 188 months; Mario Martinez, Jr., of Greenleaf, Idaho, to 57 months; and Fabian Jordano Beltran, of Weiser, to 36 months.
The 58-year-old Loveland, who is from Boise, is set for sentencing on May 23.
These drug traffickers well deserve the lengthy sentences the Court imposed, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said Monday. This outstanding investigation and prosecution demonstrate that federal, state and local law enforcement will work together in all parts of Idaho to ensure that those who seek to poison our communities with this poisonous drug are caught, prosecuted and punished.
The case was investigated by the Idaho State Police with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).