ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Angel Sanchez, 35, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Sanchez will be sentenced to ten years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Sanchez was arrested on Dec. 2, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing approximately 229.5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Dona Ana County, N.M. According to the complaint, Sanchez committed the crime while on supervised release from a prior federal drug trafficking conviction.
During today’s proceedings, Sanchez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In entering the guilty plea, Sanchez admitted that on Dec. 2, 2016, he possessed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, which he intended to sell to other people. Sanchez also admitted that he was on supervised release from a prior conviction when he committed the offense on Dec. 2, 2016, and that he was prohibited from committing crimes as a condition of his supervised release.
Sanchez remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah M. Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.