Meth dealer formally charged in Superior Court

ASOTIN, WA - Two men arrested for bringing more than one pound of meth to the valley were in Superior Court Monday afternoon.

Rigoberto Sanchez, 31, of Sunnyside was formally charged with delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine. He faces a maximum of 10-years in prison and a $25,000 fine but those penalties can double with a prior drug conviction. According to Commissioner Jane Richards, the state is seeking an exceptional sentence.

"The basis for that exceptional sentence is that the state is alleging that this delivery was a major violation of the uniform controlled substance act," said Fill-in judge, Court Commissioner Jane Richards.

Sanchez's uncle, 35-year-old Jose Rivera was also in court Monday. However his case was continued until next week. Rivera and Sanchez were arrested one week ago by the Quad-Cities Drug Task Force and other local agencies.