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Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

March 9, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning in Albuquerque federal court, Farmington resident Curtis Ray Williams, 45, pleaded guilty to federal firearms and methamphetamine trafficking charges under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Williams will be sentenced to 20-years imprisonment.  Williams has been in federal custody since October 4, 2010 and will remain detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Williams was charged in two federal cases, both of which will be resolved as a result of today's guilty pleas.  Williams was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm based on conduct occurring in January 2008 in San Juan County in a one-count indictment filed on June 10, 2010.  According to this indictment, Williams was prohibited from possessing firearms because he previously had been convicted of five separate narcotics felonies in San Juan County.  On October 14, 2010, Williams was charged in a three-count indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm (Counts 1 and 2), and possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (Count 3) based on conduct occurring in July 2010 in San Juan County.

Today, Williams pleaded guilty to the felon in possession offense alleged in the June 2010 indictment and the methamphetamine trafficking offense (Count 3) alleged in the October 2010 indictment.  In entering his plea, Williams admitted that, on January 10, 2008, when agents from the Region II Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at his San Juan County residence, he was in possession of a several firearms and ammunition.  Williams admitted that it was illegal was him to possess the firearms and ammunition because he had five prior methamphetamine convictions.  Williams also admitted that, on July 1, 2010, when agents of the Region II Narcotics Task Force executed another search warrant at his Farmington residence, they found 191.4 gross grams of methamphetamine (subsequent testing revealed that the substance seized amounted to 81 grams of actual methamphetamine).

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the United States Attorney's Office will move to dismiss Counts 1 and 2 of the October 2010 indictment after Williams is sentenced.  

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Region II Narcotics Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack E. Burkhead.



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