Ada County Sheriff's detectives seize 10 pounds of meth in bust

July 22, 2013 

A California couple is being held in the Ada County Jail on $2 million bonds each after they sold an undercover detective 10 pounds of methamphetamine last week.

Oscar Gutierrez-Chavez, 24, and Areli Mejia, 19, are both charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and are awaiting a preliminary hearing on Aug. 3.

Narcotics detectives began the investigation in early July. They agreed to buy 10 pounds of the drug at $12,000 a pound and eventually met with the 24-year-old Gutierrez-Chavez and 19-year-old Mejia in Boise July 18.

The pair had picked up the drugs in Northern California and drove them to Boise, arriving just before midnight Thursday.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Gutierrez-Chavez and Mejia a short time later, after they went to a Boise-area home to finish the deal. That’s where narcotics detectives found 10 sealed 1-pound bags of meth hidden inside their car.

Detectives also seized the Volkswagen Passat the pair drove to Idaho and more than $800 in cash.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force worked with Ada County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives on the case.

Gutierrez-Chavez is also on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold at the jail, which indicates he may be in the country illegally.

The crime of trafficking in methamphetamine is punishable by up to life in prison.

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