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Subject of three year drug investigation pleads guilty
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Subject of three year drug investigation pleads guilty

A 38-year-old man who was the subject of a three year investigation involving the distribution and sale of illicit drugs in the Lewis-Clark Valley has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court.

Francisco Munguia Diaz, also known as Glen Cadenas and "Chico," was arrested this past spring and charged with distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Class B Felony. According to court records, U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush accepted Cadenas' guilty plea on Monday and sentencing was set for September 13th in Spokane. Cadenas will remain in custody and a presentence investigation report was ordered.

Under the June 27th plea agreement, Cadenas waived prosecution by indictment and consented to prosecution by information. It was agreed that the United States will recommend a 10-year prison sentence, along with four years of supervised release. If the court sentences Cadenas to more than the recommended 10 years in prison, he has the right to withdraw his guilty plea.

The U.S. has agreed to not file additional charges against Cadenas, unless he breaches the plea agreement. Both sides are free to make whatever recommendation of a criminal fine they believe is appropriate. The charge carries a maximum fine of $5 million.

According to court documents, in June of 2012, the Drug Enforcement Agency utilized a "cooperating source" to conduct three controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Cadenas. The purchases were monitored and occurred in Cadenas' vehicle at various Clarkston locations.

The source estimated that in the prior six months, he/she had purchased the drug from him on a weekly basis. Following the controlled buys, it was determined that the methamphetamine was between 99.4% and 100% pure, and in the amounts of 26.6 grams, 26.5 grams, and 26.1 grams.

During the subsequent search warrants, law enforcement seized two pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $62,000, one pound of cocaine with a street value of $22,000, six pounds of marijuana with a street value $18,000, and 189 ecstasy pills with a street value of $1,900. Police also seized drug proceeds of more than $185,000 in cash and six vehicles used in the distribution of the drugs.

Among the assets that Cadenas agrees to forfeit are a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, a 1985 Buick Riviera, a 1990 Mazda pickup, a Colt Woodsman .22 caliber pistol, and several pieces of jewelry - including a large gold necklace weighing more than 2.29 ounces. He will also forfeit a 2004 Mazda RX8 unless family members provide a cashier's check in the amount of $4,000 prior to sentencing.

"Although this has been a long investigation and a lot of man hours, the arrest and seizure came together at the end with the help of multiple law enforcement agencies," Idaho State Police Detective Bryce Scrimsher said previously.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were long-term partners in the investigation and the Lewiston Police Department, Nez Perce Tribal Police, and the Quad Cities Drug Task Force assisted with search warrants and the arrest. 


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