For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: August 20, 2007

Boise Resident Sentenced to Prison in Marijuana Trafficking Case

(Boise) – Boise resident Geoff A. Maestas, 32, was sentenced to prison today for trafficking marijuana, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Thomas Neville ordered Maestas to serve at least three and up to ten years in prison and pay a $3,000 fine. Judge Neville also ordered Maestas to pay $1,200 in restitution to the State of Idaho’s Crime Lab.

Maestas pleaded guilty on June 11, 2007, to one felony count of trafficking in marijuana. Maestas was arrested on December 6, 2006, at his Mountain View Drive home. When officers served a search warrant, they discovered 23 pounds of marijuana belonging to Maestas, which has an estimated street value of $150,000. The arresting officers also found $25,000 in cash.

Maestas’s roommate James Johnson, 49, was sentenced on June 4, 2007, on one felony count of possession of marijuana. Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail ordered him to spend 45 days in the Ada County Jail, perform 100 hours of community service and attend substance abuse classes. Johnson was also ordered to pay $100 restitution to the State of Idaho’s Crime Lab.

The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit handled the case at the request of Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower. Deputy Attorney General Justin Whatcott prosecuted the case.

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