LUBBOCK MAN ALLEGEDLY POSSESSED METHAMPHETAMINE WHEN ARRESTED ON SUPERVISED RELEASE VIOLATOR’S WARRANT
BY U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE
LUBBOCK, Texas — Joe Luis Carlos Archuleta, who was on supervised release after serving a 14-month federal prison sentence imposed in 2007 following his conviction in the Northern District of Texas (NDTX) for conspiracy to possess and deal counterfeit U.S. currency, was arrested Monday night, January 9, 2012, by deputy U.S. Marshals on a supervised release violator’s warrant. Archuleta, 25, was arrested at a residence on 68th Street in Lubbock. A subsequent search warrant, executed by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), allegedly netted one ounce of cocaine and one pound of pure methamphetamine. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the NDTX.
Archuleta made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon on the violator’s warrant before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig, who ordered that he remain in federal custody. At the hearing, the government informed the Court that it could file additional charges against Archuleta alleging that he was in possession of illegal drugs at the time of his arrest.
While no charges have yet been filed, and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty, depending upon the purity of the methamphetamine, Archuleta could face between 40 years and life in prison if found guilty of possessing the pound of methamphetamine.
The investigation is being conducted by the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey R. Haag, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, is in charge of the prosecution.