convicted of drug
Express Staff Writer
man faces a minimum of 40 years in prison after being convicted in 5th
District Court last week of selling large amounts of cocaine,
methamphetamine and marijuana.
Eugene Hall, 49, was arrested in October after police found about 70
pounds of marijuana, 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine and about a pound of
cocaine in his possession. Some of the drugs were at his rented house at
220 Alder St. in Hailey, but most were stashed at his motherís house
in Twin Falls. Police concluded his mother had no knowledge of the
guy is a major trafficker," said Blaine County Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney Justin Whatcott.
conclusion of a two-day trial, a jury deliberated for four hours before
finding Hall guilty on all of six trafficking counts brought against him
in Blaine and Twin Falls counties. Hall did not take the stand or bring
witnesses to testify in his defense.
also convicted Hall of felony possession of stolen property for having a
stolen shotgun at his house in Hailey, and of possession of
methamphetamine. It was in pursuit of the stolen gun that police
discovered the drugs at his house.
his two previous convictions for selling cocaine in Washington state,
the jury found Hall to be a persistent violator. Under Idaho law, that
results in a minimum sentence of five years for each of the eight counts
of which he was found guilty.
is scheduled for Aug. 5.