Pocatello man sentenced in federal court for trafficking meth and heroin

The following is a press release from the United States Department of Justice for the District of Idaho.

POCATELLO – After a four-day trial, a federal jury sitting in Pocatello found Adam Lee Vallely, 46, of Pocatello guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced Friday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson of the Eastern District of Arkansas, sitting by designate, presided over the trial, which began June 6 and concluded with guilty verdicts June 10.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Vallely engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy with others in southeast Idaho from December 2017 to August 2018. Evidence has established that Vallely has participated in the trafficking of large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from a Mexican supply source. The evidence further established that Vallely had a supply source in Salt Lake City that supplied methamphetamine and heroin, and that Vallely and his co-conspirators attempted to obtain large amounts of cocaine from the source. of Salt Lake City. During a search of the home where Vallely was known to reside in May 2018, law enforcement officers found methamphetamine, heroin, $15,000.00 in US currency and a counting machine. ‘silver. At the time of the search, Vallely was found hiding in an attic.

Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances is punishable by a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine is punishable by a minimum of 5 years up to forty years in prison, and possession with intent to distribute heroin is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Due to Vallely’s criminal history, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. The conspiracy charge also carries a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years of supervised release. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Sentencing will be set before U.S. Senior District Judge Billy Roy Wilson at the Pocatello Federal Courthouse.

U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. praised the cooperative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms, and Explosives, Idaho State Police, Department of Pocatello Police, Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, Blackfoot Police Department. , the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Department of Corrections, which led to charges.

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