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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 – James Hill, 34, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.  Hill also was ordered to forfeit $5,100.00 to the United States.

Hill was arrested in Sept. 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute from Sept. 3 through 10, 2015, in Chaves County, N.M.  According to the complaint, on Sept. 3, 2015 and Sept, 10, 2015, Hill sold a total of 191 grams of methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement agents during two separate transactions.

Hill was subsequently indicted on Dec. 17, 2015, and charged with distribution of methamphetamine on Sept. 3, 2015 and Sept. 10, 2015.  The indictment included forfeiture provisions requiring Hill to forfeit the proceeds of his criminal conduct to the United States.

On Feb. 19, 2016, Hill pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that he sold methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent in the following quantities: approximately 83.9 grams on Sept. 3, 2015, and approximately 103.9 grams on Sept. 10, 2015.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA and the New Mexico State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy M. Castellano prosecuted the case.

Updated June 29, 2016

Drug Trafficking