California man sentenced on meth charge

Statesman staffOctober 8, 2013 

Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor announced Tuesday that Gregorio Sanchez Chavez, 30, of California, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge George A. Southworth to 12 years in prison, 7 fixed, on a felony charge of trafficking in methamphetamine.

A felony warrant was issued for Chavez in 2005 after an investigation by Mountain Home police and Idaho State Police into a large-scale drug operation that Chavez was involved in. Chavez was arrested this past February after fleeing to California.

He was sentenced for having more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine in the 2005 incident.

Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker explained that the county took over prosecuting the case because Chavez took Idaho State Police to a house and storage unit in Caldwell and turned meth over to authorities.

Chavez was also ordered to pay $300 in restitution for lab testing.

“This is a great example of law enforcement agencies in separate states working together to bring a criminal to justice,” Taylor said. “Mr. Chavez deserves to spend a considerable time in prison, not only for dealing drugs, but also for not taking accountability for his actions.”

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