Jose Valencia-Meza

Jose Valencia-Meza

Jose Francisco Valencia-Meza has been charged with two felonies — one for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver it and another for felony possession of a controlled substance.

The first charge carries a maximum of 20 years and a $25,000 fine; the second carries a maximum of 15 years and a $20,000 fine. Additionally, Valencia-Meza is charged with not having a driver’s license, which is a misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause affidavit written by Teton County sheriff’s Deputy Robert Osmond, who was patrolling around the Snake River Sporting Club, Valencia-Meza’s car passed Osmond’s without a license plate.

Seeing no plate, Osmond initiated a traffic stop and Valencia-Meza said he had no registration, driver’s license or any other form of identification in his car, the affidavit states.

Osmond then asked Valencia-Meza whether there were any drugs in the vehicle, to which the latter said no, the affidavit states. He then asked to search the vehicle, to which Valencia-Meza consented.

Osmond then searched the car and found a cigarette box, which contained five small bags of a substance “consistent with methamphetamine,” the probable cause affidavit states.

Individually the bags weighed 2.4 grams, 1.4 grams, 1.3 grams, 1.2 grams and .7 grams, far in excess of the 3-gram threshold that would make the possession a felony. Additionally, because there were five bags and no paraphernalia in the car, Osmond wrote “it is likely being possessed for the purpose of distribution,” hence the delivery of methamphetamine charge.

Valencia-Meza, whose address is listed as Alpine, has been in Teton County Jail since Oct. 23.

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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