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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mexican National Residing In Twin Falls Sentenced To Prison

Luciano Chavez-Morales convicted of being an illegal alien in possession of firearms and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute

Boise B Luciano Chavez-Morales, 27, of Mexico, was sentenced today to serve 87 months in prison for one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and one count of being an illegal alien in possession of firearms. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also sentenced the defendant to serve five years of supervised release, pay a $400 fine, and a $200 special assessment. Chavez-Morales was also ordered to forfeit the two illegally possessed firearms and $5000 in cash proceeds. The defendant pleaded guilty on January 22, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Chavez-Morales, a citizen of Mexico, sold one ounce of methamphetamine to an undercover Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, on July 30, 2013, in a grocery store parking lot in Twin Falls, Idaho. Chavez-Morales sold another ounce of methamphetamine to the undercover agent on August 5, 2013. On August 16, 2013, Chavez-Morales agreed to sell the undercover agent four ounces of methamphetamine. Before the deal could take place, Chavez-Morales was arrested and a search warrant was served at his residence in Twin Falls. The search warrant discovered approximately 113 grams of pure methamphetamine and two loaded firearms in Chavez-Morales’s bedroom. One of the firearms was reported stolen out of Las Vegas, Nevada. At the time Chavez-Morales possessed the firearms, he was illegally present in the United States. Chavez-Morales will be deported to Mexico after serving his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by Twin Falls Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.