Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rupert Man Sentenced to 168 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

09-13-11 Rupert Man Sentenced to 168 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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
CHRISTIAN NAFZGER
Assistant United States Attorney
(208) 334-1211

 

    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 Laboratory
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 SureƱo 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
Police Department.