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Roswell Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Juan Carlos Navarrete, 36, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M.,  to 84 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal narcotics trafficking laws.

Navarrete was arrested on June 17, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with distributing methamphetamine in Chaves County, N.M.  According to the complaint, Navarrete sold approximately two ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential source working with law enforcement on Aug. 19, 2014, and approximately eight ounces of methamphetamine to the same confidential source on Sept. 11, 2014. 

On Aug. 17, 2015, Navarrete pled guilty to a felony information charging him with distributing methamphetamine and admitted that on Sept. 11, 2014, he sold approximately eight ounces of methamphetamine to an individual who, unbeknownst to him, was working with law enforcement. 

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA and the HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri J. Abernathy prosecuted the case.

The HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Roswell Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the Chaves County Sherriff’s Office.  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 January 21, 2016