Carlos H. Vasquez, 35, of Bellevue, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay $2,000 in fines after pleading guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine. The plea was part of an agreement that dismissed two misdemeanor charges.
Vasquez, previously from California, pleaded guilty to the single felony in March in exchange for dismissal of two misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. At the sentencing hearing on June 18, prosecutor Matt Fredback said it was the company that Vasquez was keeping that led him to become involved in illegal drugs.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Officer Nathan Douthit, Vasquez was pulled over around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Countryside Boulevard and state Highway 75 in Hailey after Douthit observed Vasquez’s white 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe swerve left and right, then cross the double yellow lane marker at Fourth Avenue near the Fox Acres Road intersection.
Douthit stated that he smelled the odor of marijuana and asked Vasquez to step out of the vehicle so he could do a search. In the truck, Douthit found a glass pipe with the odor of marijuana on it, a plastic container with 2.3 grams of marijuana and a scale with marijuana residue on it, he reported. He also found two plastic bags with a crystal-like substance and a pipe on Vasquez’s person, which tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, the report states.
At the sentencing hearing, Vasquez said he’s been sober since he was released from jail on April 16 and that he’s found a new living situation and on the right track.
“I appreciate you giving me the chance to be back in society,” he said.