Jose Chavez-Tellez, DOB; 11-26-69, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on October 29, 2018 where he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for transporting almost 15 pounds of methamphetamine through Jefferson County.
On January 2, 2018, Chavez-Tellez and his wife, Rhonda Chavez-Tellez, DOB: 1-26-66, lived in Kansas and were making a drug run to and from Los Angeles. As they were traveling eastbound though Jefferson County on I-70, they stopped at a truck stop at Ward Road and 44th Avenue. After leaving the truck stop, Chavez-Tellez struck a curb, popping both tires on the passenger side of the vehicle. A Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy, who was in the area, stopped Chavez-Tellez to offer aid. The deputy found the methamphetamine in the back cargo area of the car. There were 14.65 pounds, or 6,644 grams, of methamphetamine divided into 15 quart-sized Ziploc baggies.
The street value of the methamphetamine was approximately $350,000.
Mr. Chavez-Tellez is in the United States illegally and had a prior deportation in 1990. According to Rhonda Chavez-Tellez, Jose Chavez-Tellez had made this meth run to and from LA four times in the month prior to his arrest.
“This lengthy prison sentence should send a strong message to anyone involved in the transportation of narcotics through Jefferson County,” said District Attorney Pete Weir. “The distribution of narcotics will be dealt with harshly. Nothing less is acceptable when it comes to protecting our community.”
On September 19, a Jefferson County jury found Chavez-Tellez guilty of Possession with intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Drug Felony 1).
Rhonda Chavez-Tellez pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (Drug Felony 2) and on September 19 was sentenced to six years in prison.
Rhonda Chavez Tellez