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Man from Grants Sentenced to Nine Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Moises Eufelio Martinez, Jr., 43, of Grants, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 108 months in prison for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge.  Martinez will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.


Martinez was arrested in Jan. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The complaint alleged that Martinez committed the crimes on Dec. 19, 2016, in Lea County, N.M.  According to the complaint, officers of the Lea County Drug Task Force seized approximately 901.5 gross grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition from Martinez and his hotel room during the execution while executing search warrants.


On June 22, 2017, Martinez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  In entering the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that on Dec. 19, 2016, he possessed two bags containing methamphetamine and a loaded handgun when he was searched by Lea County Drug Task Force officers.  Martinez acknowledged that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to others and that he was carrying the firearm to protect himself, the methamphetamine, and any money he received from selling the methamphetamine.


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


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 New Mexico 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.

Updated October 17, 2017

Drug Trafficking