POCATELLO, Idaho — A Las Vegas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 71 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, following an investigation by the Idaho Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Sadith Chavez-Perez, 23, was arrested in May 2013 in Ely, Nevada, while transporting a methamphetamine load to Idaho. In the vehicle officers found more than 1,300 grams of actual methamphetamine. She pleaded guilty to the charge in May of this year.
According to court records, in March 2013, Chavez-Perez and a co-defendant met with an undercover officer posing as a drug buyer in a parking lot in the city of Merdian. At the meeting, Chavez-Perez discussed future drug transactions with the officer. About two weeks later, Chavez-Perez made arrangements to provide 5 ounces of methamphetamine to the officer. Later that day court records state she delivered on that promise. Then in May 2013, she arranged another delivery, this time for 2 pounds of methamphetamine. It was while she was heading to meet the undercover officer that she was stopped by police and arrested with the drugs.
Following the completion of her federal sentence, Chavez-Perez will be remanded to the custody of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations and placed in deportation proceedings.
The case was the result of a joint OCDETF investigation, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with HSI, the Meridian Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff's Office. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Idaho District prosecuted the case.
The OCDETF program is a federal multiagency task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.