Buhl Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth
The following was issued by the office of US Attorney Wendy J. Olson:
BOISE – Alejandro Vela, 33 of Buhl, Idaho, was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Vela to serve four years of supervised release following his release from prison.
Vela pleaded guilty on August 6, 2015. According to the plea agreement, Alejandro Vela sold methamphetamine to an informant on July 31, 2014. His wife and codefendant, Esmirna Vela, was present during the transaction.
On September 3, 2015, Alejandro Vela agreed to distribute additional methamphetamine to the informant; however, Esmirna Vela showed up instead and sold an ounce of methamphetamine to the informant.
Esmirna Vela pleaded guilty and was sentenced on November 20, 2015, by U.S. District Court Judge Dee V. Benson to 13 months in prison for the offense. She was sentenced to three years of supervised release following her term of imprisonment, but she will likely be deported.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and Idaho Department of Probation and Parole.