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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Silver City Man Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Cruz Jose Martinez, 32, of Silver City, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.


Martinez was arrested in June 2016, and was charged by criminal complaint with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute on June 8, 2016, in Dona Ana County, N.M.  According to the complaint, law enforcement officers found approximately 338.6 grams of methamphetamine in the backseat of a vehicle in which Martinez was a passenger during a traffic stop. 


Martinez subsequently was indicted on Sept. 21, 2016, and was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  On Nov. 16, 2016, Martinez pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement. 


This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI, the New Mexico State Police and the Las Cruces Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah M. Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 14, 2017