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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 7, 2016

Hobbs Woman Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Karen Diaz, 42, of Hobbs, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Diaz was arrested in Oct. 2015, on a criminal complaint charging her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  According to the complaint, on Sept. 15, 2015, in Lea County, N.M., law enforcement officers executed search warrants on Diaz’s residence and vehicle, and seized approximately 552 grams of methamphetamine and two firearms.

On Feb. 12, 2016, Diaz pled guilty to a felony information charging her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  In entering the guilty plea, Diaz admitted that on Sept. 15, 2015, law enforcement agents who were executing a search warrant at her residence, located methamphetamine on her person, in her purse and inside her residence.  Diaz further admitted that she planned to distribute the methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Lea County Drug Task Force and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri J. Abernathy of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

The Lea County Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Lea County Sheriff’s Office, Hobbs Police Department, Lovington Police Department, Eunice Police Department the Tatum Police Department and the Jal Police Department, and is part of the NM HIDTA Region VI Drug Task Force.  The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 7, 2016