Nevada Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges in Idaho
BOISE—Sadith Chavez-Perez, 23, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court to distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chavez-Perez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise, Idaho, on February 11, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, on March 27, 2013, Chavez-Perez, along with a co-defendant met with an undercover officer at a parking lot in Meridian, Idaho. At the meeting, Chavez-Perez discussed future drug transactions with the undercover officer. On April 11, 2013, Chavez-Perez made arrangements with the undercover officer to deliver five ounces of methamphetamine to the undercover officer. The methamphetamine was delivered to the undercover officer by a co-defendant later that day. Chavez-Perez subsequently arranged for another delivery of two pounds of methamphetamine to the undercover officer on or about May 15, 2013. While en route to this meeting, the defendant was stopped by law enforcement in Ely, Nevada. In the vehicle officers found 1321 grams of actual methamphetamine.
The charge is punishable by up to10 years to life in prison, a maximum fine of $10 million, and at least five years of supervised release.
Chavez-Perez is set for sentencing on August 5, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Meridian Police Department, and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Other federal agencies participating in the OCDETF program include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and U.S. Marshals Service.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.