man sentenced on drug charges
By David Baker
April 5, 2006 | LOGAN -- Gilbert Thomas Gabaldon, 39,
of Smithfield, will serve 45 days in Cache County Jail
and pay a fine of $1,000, after Judge Gordon Low suspended
much of his one-year jail sentence Monday.
Low also granted Gabaldon work release and suspended
much of his sentence and fines in favor of probation.
The terms of the probation include the completion of
drug and alcohol counseling, random drug and alcohol
tests and the installation of ignition interlock devices
on all vehicles Gabaldon may drive. Gabaldon also can't
operate any vehicles not previously approved by the
Gabaldon pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to charges of illegal
possession or use of a controlled substance, possession
or use of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked or
suspended license and driving the wrong way on a one-way
street. The substance and paraphernalia charges were
class A misdemeanors and the other two charges were
class C misdemeanors.
Gabaldon originally pleaded not guilty on Aug. 16,
2005, but accepted a plea bargain that made the controlled
substance charge, which was originally a second-degree
felony, a class A misdemeanor.
Defense attorney Shannon Demler said Gabaldon has
already taken the initiative to get drug and alcohol