Bellevue resident Thomas Buck was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation following a plea agreement in January that amended two felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance to one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Buck, 61, must complete 100 hours of community service and pay restitution for the cost of lab testing of the substances he was found in possession of.
At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutor Matt Fredback said this type of case is bizarre.
“It always surprises me when someone at this age chooses meth,” Fredback said.
According to Buck’s defense attorney, Josh Stanek, Buck began using meth when his health started deteriorating and the drug was a way of keeping his body moving so he could continue to work. According to Stanek, Buck delivered two small amounts of methamphetamine on behalf of his roommate, who promised him a small amount of meth for himself in return.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Abaid, Buck sold $40 worth of methamphetamine to a confidential informant, who was wearing an undercover wire during the time of the transaction in front of a restaurant in Ketchum on June 8, 2017. The second purchase happened almost exactly a year later, on June 11, 2018, when Buck sold meth again to a confidential informant. Buck was arrested following an interview with officers at the Ketchum Police Department in November when he did not deny selling the meth to the confidential informant and told police that he had facilitated meth deals to other people.
“I want to apologize. I hope I didn’t hurt anyone,” Buck said before his sentencing Tuesday.