Printed on: February 19, 2014

Two get prison for meth trafficking


Sergio Javier Varela-Vallecillo, 30, and his wife, Felicia Inez Varela, 29, of Navasota, Texas, were sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court for traficking methamphetamine.

The sentencing brings to a close one of the largest drug busts in state history: Fifty-two pounds of meth and 27 pounds of cocaine were seized with a street value of $1 million to $1.2 million, according to authorities.

The pair pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to a one-count indictment for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced the sentencing in a news release.

The defendants appeared before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.

Varela-Vallecillo, a Honduran national, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison. He will be deported following his release from prison. Varela was sentenced to two years and six months in prison followed by four years of supervised release. The government is seeking forfeiture of assets derived from the offense.

The drug seizure followed a 2 a.m. traffic stop March 9, 2013, of a U-Haul truck by Idaho State Police Cpl. Vance Cox on U.S. Highway 20. Varela-Vallecillo was the driver of the truck.

The defendants admitted they knew they were transporting meth, moving it from California to Minnesota with the intention of delivering it to a person in Minnesota.

The case was investigated by the Idaho State Police, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.