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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Charles Padilla, 46, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 15 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Field Division, and Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, Jr.

 Padilla was arrested on Nov. 30, 2012, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  Padilla subsequently was indicted in Dec. 2012, and charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and two counts of using and carrying firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.

According to court filings, on Nov. 30, 2012, law enforcement officers seized approximately 21 pounds of methamphetamine that were concealed in an underground storage area when they searched a residence located in southwest Albuquerque.  Thereafter, officers surreptitiously recorded a telephone conversation during which Padilla acknowledged ownership of the methamphetamine.  Following Padilla’s arrest, officers searched his residence and seized 19 firearms.

On July 28, 2014, Padilla pled guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge and a firearms count.   In his plea agreement, Padilla admitted that on Nov. 30, 2012, he unlawfully possessed methamphetamine with the intention of distributing it to others.  He also admitted possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and the Albuquerque Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel R. Meyers and Shana B. Long.

Updated February 18, 2015