ALBUQUERQUE – Thomas Kelsa Neal, 36, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 100 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
Neal was charged in a criminal complaint on Aug. 7, 2015, with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Sierra County, N.M., on Aug. 6, 2015. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Neal’s residence where they seized approximately 438 grams of methamphetamine, large amounts of cash, drug paraphernalia, two rifles and ammunition.
On Oct. 27, 2015, Neal pled guilty to a felony information and admitted that on Aug. 6, 2015, he possessed approximately 438 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute to other people.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and the Truth or Consequences Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brock Taylor of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.