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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Five Years for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Israel Villaba, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Villaba was arrested on Feb. 21, 2013, at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque after a search by DEA agents revealed that Villaba had concealed bundles containing methamphetamine inside a toy that was in his suitcase.  Villaba subsequently was indicted on March 5, 2013, and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Villaba entered a guilty plea to the indictment on Oct. 3, 2013.  According to court filings, the toy in Villaba’s possession contained more than 470 gross grams of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Interdiction Unit of the DEA’s Albuquerque office, which focuses on disrupting the flow of narcotics, weapons, and the proceeds of illegal activities as they are smuggled into or through New Mexico in passenger buses, passenger trains, commercial vehicles and automobiles.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.

Updated February 25, 2015