09-13-11 Rupert Man Sentenced to 168 Months for Conspiracy to
News Release from the U.S. Department of Justice, United States
Attorney District of Idaho
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG
Public Information Officer
Assistant United States Attorney
BOISE - Rigaberto Moreno Sanchez, 33, of
Rupert, Idaho, was sentenced today to 168
months in prison followed by five years supervised release for
conspiracy to distribute 500 grams
or more of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
U.S. District Judge
Edward J. Lodge also sentenced Sanchez to 200 hours of community
service. He pleaded guilty
to the charge on June 27, 2011.
According to the plea agreement, Sanchez
admitted that between September 1 and
December 15, 2010, he conspired with co-defendant Leaha Annette
Rivera and others to
distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine. Sanchez
admitted that on November 18,
2010 and November 19, 2010, he and co-defendant Rivera sold an
individual four ounces of
methamphetamine. On November 22, 2010, Sanchez and Rivera were
stopped by law
enforcement in Victorville, California, and found in possession of
442.5 grams of
methamphetamine. A quantative analysis performed by the DEA Western
determined the methamphetamine to be 100% pure. Sanchez was also
found in possession of a
firearm, which was located in the center console of the vehicle.
The government presented
evidence at sentencing that Sanchez was a Sureño gang member.
Co-defendant Leaha Rivera, 42, also of
Rupert, pled guilty on July 18 to conspiracy to
distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. She is scheduled
to be sentenced at the
federal courthouse in Boise on October 11.
A jury trial for two other defendants is
set for December 6, 2011.
The case was investigated by the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Boise