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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Drug Addict from Grant County, N.M., Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M, to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Dinwiddie pled guilty on June 28, 2018.  He admitted that federal and local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence on Feb. 5, 2018, and found approximately six firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.  Dinwiddie also admitted that he had been a methamphetamine user for approximately two years. 

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI, the New Mexico State Police, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Catron County Sheriff’s Office, and the Silver City Police Department with assistance from the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa A. Ong of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Firearms Offenses
Updated November 29, 2018