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Prior Felon from Artesia, N.M., Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Earlier today a federal judge in Las Cruces, N.M., sentenced Adrian Gutierrez, 33, of Artesia, N.M., to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Gutierrez was arrested on June 29, 2012, on a criminal complaint, and has been in federal custody since that time. Gutierrez pled guilty to an Information on Aug. 23, 2012, that charged him with unlawfully possessing three firearms on March 23, 2012, in Eddy County, N.M. At the time, Gutierrez was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of a marijuana trafficking felony in the Fifth Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico.

“This case serve as a shining example once again of the collaborative relationship between federal and local law enforcement,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Atteberry.

The case was investigated by the Roswell office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force and the Carlsbad Police Department, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald F. Moore, Jr.

Updated January 26, 2015