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Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Narcotics Trafficking and Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Jovan Martinez, 29, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Martinez will be sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Martinez was charged in a criminal complaint on June 17, 2014, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  According to the complaint, Martinez was arrested by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) for stealing a bait vehicle, and found to be in possession of a revolver and ammunition.

Martinez was indicted on July 10, 2014, and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on June 16, 2014, in Bernalillo County, N.M.  Martinez was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of residential burglary twice in 2007 and twice in 2008.

During today’s proceedings, Martinez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  In entering the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that on June 16, 2014, he was in possession of a firearm and ammunition which he had obtained by trading $80.00 cash and some methamphetamine for the firearm.  Martinez further admitted that he distributed the methamphetamine which was found in his possession.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the APD.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lynn Wei-Yu Wang and Presiliano Torrez are prosecuting the case.

Updated May 15, 2015