POCATELLO — Three co-defendants were sentenced Thursday to serve time in a federal prison for their involvement in an Eastern Idaho meth trafficking operation.
Fausto Enrique Urias, 32, of Idaho Falls, must serve 35 years in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. The judge also ordered Urias to forfeit $100,000 to the United States and imposed a $5,000 fine.
Urias’ co-defendant, Benito Joya, 58, of Rigby, was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.
In addition, Misti Chapman, 30, of Idaho Falls, will serve 21 months in prison, three years of supervised release and 80 hours of community service for distribution of methamphetamine. Chapman was also charged with violating a previously imposed term of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.
Urias, Joya and Chapman, and three other individuals charged in the federal indictment, all of which are from Idaho Falls, pleaded guilty in August 2013 to drug trafficking-related offenses.
Marco Antonio Echeverria, 25, will be sentenced on Dec. 5 for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Erica Rodriguez, 33, will be sentenced on Dec. 4 for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine
Juan Carlos Garcia, 36, will be sentenced on Dec. 16 for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, including the Idaho State Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Rexburg Police Department, Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.