Griffith man gets 10 years in prison for meth
BY Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org March 7, 2013 8:40PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:42AM
A Griffith man who had no run ins with the law, not even a speeding ticket, until recently will serve 10 years and a month in prison for possessing 6 kilograms of methamphetamine.
U.S. District Judge Philip Simon granted the sentence recommended by both defense and federal attorneys for Gregorio Valencia, even though it was about a year less than the recommended range of 135 months to 168 months.
Valencia was arrested in May after he sold the meth to a confidential source. He told the source in December 2011 that his supplier was in California and that he would pick up a load soon.
Valencia’s attorney, Kevin Milner, acknowledged during the sentencing hearing Friday afternoon at U.S. District Court in Hammond that Valencia was dealing “an extremely significant amount of drugs.” He said, however, that his client also has had absolutely no criminal history until now.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga said that the meth was 90 percent to 100 percent pure, meaning Valencia must have been close to the original source of the drugs. She did support the sentence of 121 months.
Judge Simon said the case was a rare one in that someone caught with a “gargantuan amount” of drugs didn’t have a criminal past.
Milner said after the hearing that the sentence was fair considering the details of the case.