Man gets rider for marijuana-filled backpack


District Judge Joel Tingey sentenced a Boise man to an underlying sentence of five years in prison for possession 2.91 pounds of marijuana.

Alonzo Peery, 48, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The charge was amended down from drug trafficking pursuant to a plea agreement.

Chief deputy prosecutor Danny Clark said the plea agreement was reached after the “integrity of the evidence was compromised.”

“While on its way to the lab, the box containing the evidence was damaged,” Clark said.

Tingey sentenced

Peery to an intensive treatment program at a minimum-security prison, also known as a rider program. A rider program runs from 90 days to a year. If Peery successfully completes the program, Tingey could allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Peery outside the Maverik Country Store at 3290 S. Yellowstone Highway after responding to a anonymous call about a “suspicious acting male” in front of the store at about 2 p.m. When deputies arrived, Peery reportedly covered his face and walked into the store.

Deputies followed him inside and asked for his name, Bonneville County Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Jeff Edwards said. Peery’s backpack reportedly was open and deputies saw four gallon-sized plastic bags filled with a “leafy green substance.”

Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746.