Two men who prosecutors say made a pair of methamphetamine deliveries to an undercover officer over the summer were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury meeting in Boise.
The officer initially met with Salvador R. Gonzalez, 29, on July 20 at a Denny’s restaurant at 2580 Airport Way. Gonzalez later walked to the parking lot and got a package out of a rented Volkswagen Passat and inside the officer’s car sold him about a half-pound of meth for $414, according to a court complaint.
Gonzalez, from Barstow, Calif., told the officer he would return to Idaho in early September and would have additional methamphetamine for sale. He told the officer he needed tools and a safe place where the drugs could be removed from a hiding place in another rental car.
Working with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency obtained use of an undercover resident in Meridian where the drugs could be removed. The alleged drug dealers met with the officer in a business parking lot in East Boise on Sept. 11 and arranged for the buy.
Despite the arrangement for the tools and a safe house, co-defendant Justin Gomez, 26, also from Barstow, grabbed a bag that contained 2.25 pounds of meth out of the Kia rental car and rode with the officer to the house in Meridian.
The grand jury charged Gonzalez and Gomez with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Gonzalez was also charged with a second possession count for the July sale.
If convicted, the two men face 10 years to life on each of the charges.