Is $100 Meth Drug Sale Profit Worth 46 Months In Federal Prison?

Categories: Court, Crime-iny
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A confidential informant working for Santa Ana police in August 2009 entered Hugo Perez's audio store and asked to buy a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine.

Perez didn't act offended or confused.

He directed the man to someone named "Hugo," who ended up selling nearly 107 grams of methamphetamine to the informant, an agent of the Santa Ana Gang Task Force, for $4,800.

For his minor role in the transaction, Hugo paid Perez $100.

The money wasn't worth it. 

A Southern California grand jury indicted him in June 2010, and he eventually pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduction of charges.

Perez's taxpayer-fund defense lawyer argued for a 41-month punishment. Federal prosecutors  acknowledged the defendant's minor role in the drug deal as well as his otherwise clean criminal record, but sought a 46-month prison term.

This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sided with the government. 

When Perez, 44, emerges back into society he will undergo probation terms for three years.

He is also expected to participate in a lengthy, drug rehabilitation program.

Perez remains locked in the Santa Ana Jail under the custody of U.S. marshals and will be bused to a federal prison in coming days.

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paullucas714 topcommenter

what happened to the comment I posted earlier?

JGlanton topcommenter

What a waste of taxpayer's money. 47 months for giving a tip on where to score? That's BS. That means every hotel car-parker and concierge and bartender in OC should be locked up for four years for the tips they give.

I was on an OC jury once for a guy that the cops searched on the street and found a gram of meth in his pocket. I looked around the room and all I could see was how much money being wasted for this personal use drug bust. 60 potential jurors taking a day off of work, defense attorney team, prosecution team, judge, bailiff, clerk, police witnesses, courtroom.. it's tens of thousands of dollars. Then the trial for three days, jail costs, and after sentencing, the prison costs as we feed and house this little tweeker.

18usc241 topcommenter

How many years in federal prison does an American law enforcement agency get when they use confidential informants to commit crimes against an American citizen on American soil in order to harass and intimidate said person?

ltpar topcommenter

Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time" 

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Yet another nail in the coffin of the 'meth is for white trailer trash' meme.

JGlanton topcommenter

@18usc241 None. They get a medal and a cash bonus for taking you down, 18usc.

JGlanton topcommenter

@Mitchell_Young  I'm not familiar with that "meme".  All you have to do is spend some time up in Phelan, Hesperia, Victorville, South Riverside, etc, to see all the brown-skinned trailer trash and bungalow tweeker trash you can stomach.  The Mexican cartels run the meth business now and the days of it being run by rednecks cooking in trailers is mostly behind us. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JGlanton ... proof that immigrants do EVERYTHING better than lazy white trash 'murrikuns.

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