Two Treasure Valley men are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after Ada County sheriffs deputies found more than two pounds of meth in their car. Martin A. Hernandez, 22, of Nampa, and Jason J. Martin, 31, of Garden City, are being held in the Ada County Jail on the felony charges.
A deputy pulled over a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo near the intersection of South Meridian Road and East Maestra Street just before 1 p.m. Friday after watching the driver (Martin) fail to use his turn signal twice while switching lanes on Meridian Road.
During the traffic stop deputies called for a K-9 drug detection dog. The dog found a small amount of marijuana inside the car and two large packages of methamphetamine (454.74 grams and 545.92 grams) in the trunk.
How much is two pounds of meth worth? That depends on how it was going to be sold, sheriff's office spokesman Patrick Orr said. A straight sale of 2 pounds would fetch an estimated $16,000, he said, but if dealers broke it up and sold it by the ounce, the total value could be as high as $32,000.
The crime of trafficking in methamphetamine is punishable by up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone caught with more than 400 grams, according to Idaho code.