Friday, August 7, 2009

Cocaine dealers get hard time

Judge sends alleged illegal immigrants to prison


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Jose De Jesus Garcia-de Loera Jose Alberta Vera-Hidalgo

Fifth District Court Judge John K. Butler sentenced two confessed cocaine dealers to prison on Tuesday. Both men are suspected of being illegal immigrants and likely face deportation after released.

Jose De Jesus Garcia-de Loera, a 35-year-old man who lived at The Meadows trailer park south of Ketchum, was sentenced to six years in prison, with three years to be served before parole eligibility. Garcia-de Loera pleaded guilty in June to delivery of cocaine. He was given credit for 134 days already spent in the Blaine County jail.

Jose Alberto Vera-Hidalgo, a 29-year-old Hailey man, was sentenced to five years in prison. He will be required to spend 1.5 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole. Vera-Hidalgo also pleaded guilty in June to delivery of cocaine. He was given credit for 161 days already served.

Both men entered into plea agreements with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. In exchange for their guilty pleas, two other cocaine dealing charges were dismissed against each man.

Garcia-de Loera and Vera-Hidalgo were arrested by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team in a major drug bust last February and March.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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