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Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Angel Sanchez, 35, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge.


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.


On March 30, 2017, 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 others. 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.


This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah M. Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

Updated August 23, 2017

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