Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wagstaff gets 180 days in Cottonwood

Express Staff Writer

Benjamin C. Wagstaff, a 27-year-old Blaine County man, was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in prison, with all but 180 days suspended, after pleading guilty to felony delivery of methamphetamine.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office dismissed two other felony drug charges. Also, federal authorities agreed not to pursue charges against Wagstaff for a small pipe-bomb-like device that was allegedly found at his residence on Alturas Drive when he was arrested on Feb. 25.

Fifth District Court Judge Robert Elgee ordered Wagstaff to serve his time at the North Idaho Correctional Facility in Cottonwood. The court retained jurisdiction over the case and reserved the right to add four more years to the sentence depending on Wagstaff's behavior during his incarceration

Wagstaff pleaded guilty on June 8 to the drug delivery charge. He was one of five suspects arrested by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team in a major cocaine and methamphetamine bust in February and March. The other four are also suspected of being illegal immigrants and remain incarcerated.

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