New Mexico News

New Mexico News: Farmington Man, Justin Jr Watchman Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery Charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Justin Jr Watchman, 26, of Farmington, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to bank robbery. Watchman entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. The FBI arrested Watchman in Aug. 2018, for robbing the First Convenience Bank located inside the Walmart at 4600 East Main … Continue reading New Mexico News: Farmington Man, Justin Jr Watchman Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery Charge

New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Ryan Schorr Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery Charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Ryan Schorr, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to robbing two branches of US Bank in New Mexico in Sept. and Oct. 2017. The FBI arrested Schorr in April 2018, for robbing the US Bank located at 2015 Eubank Blvd on Sept. 21, 2017, and robbing the US … Continue reading New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Ryan Schorr Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery Charges

New Mexico News: Texas Man, Irving Daniel Ramirez Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Heroin in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Irving Daniel Ramirez, 25, of El Paso, Texas, pled guilty yesterday in Las Cruces, N.M., federal court to trafficking nearly ten pounds of heroin in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officers and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents arrested Ramirez in Aug. 2018, after locating approximately 4.4 kilograms (9.7 pounds) of … Continue reading New Mexico News: Texas Man, Irving Daniel Ramirez Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Heroin in New Mexico

New Mexico News: Arizona Woman, Toni Baldonado Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Toni Baldonado, 25, of Tucson, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking. Baldonado entered her guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Baldonado after seizing approximately 1.55 kilograms (3.42 pounds) of methamphetamine from her luggage during an interdiction investigation … Continue reading New Mexico News: Arizona Woman, Toni Baldonado Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Richard Dinwiddie, Drug Addict from Grant County, N.M., Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Richard Dinwiddie, 58, of Cliff, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M, to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition. Dinwiddie pled guilty on June 28, 2018. He admitted that federal and local … Continue reading New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Richard Dinwiddie, Drug Addict from Grant County, N.M., Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Brian Adrian Sloan, Federal Jury Convicts Navajo Man on Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charges

Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., returned a verdict today finding Brian Adrian Sloan guilty on aggravated child sexual abuse charges following a five-day trial. The guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the … Continue reading New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Brian Adrian Sloan, Federal Jury Convicts Navajo Man on Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charges

New Mexico News: Artesia Man, Timothy Caleb Martinez Sentenced to 75 Months for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Timothy Caleb Martinez, 28, of Artesia, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces, N.M., to 75 months in prison for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Martinez will be on supervised release for five year after completing his prison sentence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives charged Martinez … Continue reading New Mexico News: Artesia Man, Timothy Caleb Martinez Sentenced to 75 Months for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

New Mexico News: Acoma Pueblo Woman, Shania Shroulote Sentenced for Federal Child Abuse Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Shania Shroulote, 25, an enrolled member of the Acoma Pueblo who resides in San Fidel, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to three years of probation for her conviction on a misdemeanor child abuse charge. On June 28, 2018, Shroulote pled guilty to an information charging her with … Continue reading New Mexico News: Acoma Pueblo Woman, Shania Shroulote Sentenced for Federal Child Abuse Conviction

New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Jason Blackwood Sentenced to Seven Years for Violating Federal Firearms Laws Relating to June 2016 Armed Bank Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Jason Blackwood, 46, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in relation to a June 2016, armed bank robbery. Blackwood was arrested on June 1, 2016, on a … Continue reading New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Jason Blackwood Sentenced to Seven Years for Violating Federal Firearms Laws Relating to June 2016 Armed Bank Robbery

New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Donovan Young Arrested on Federal Carjacking and Firearm Charges Following High Speed Chase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Donovan Young, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M, made his initial appearance this morning in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with carjacking and firearms offenses. Young remains in federal custody pending preliminary and detention hearings scheduled for tomorrow. Officers of the Albuquerque Police Department and deputies of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s … Continue reading New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Donovan Young Arrested on Federal Carjacking and Firearm Charges Following High Speed Chase

New Mexico News: Bernalillo County Man, Jesse Tucker Sentenced to Prison for Federal Fraud, Identity Theft and Theft of Mail Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jesse Tucker, 36, of Tijeras, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 48 months in prison for his conviction on fraud, identity theft, and theft of mail charges. Tucker will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence. Tucker also was ordered to pay … Continue reading New Mexico News: Bernalillo County Man, Jesse Tucker Sentenced to Prison for Federal Fraud, Identity Theft and Theft of Mail Conviction

New Mexico News: U.S. Attorney Designates District Election Officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jeremy Peña will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election. AUSA Peña has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) … Continue reading New Mexico News: U.S. Attorney Designates District Election Officer

New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Eric J.D. Contreras Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Eric J.D. Contreras, 33, of Roswell, 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. Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force (CCMNTF) agents arrested Contreras in Nov. 2017, after finding approximately 100.8 grams … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Eric J.D. Contreras Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

New Mexico News: Navajo Man, Elvis Lee Tom from Pinedale Pleads Guilty to Assault on a Federal Officer Charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Elvis Lee Tom, 39, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Pinedale, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault on a federal officer charge. Tom was arrested on April 23, 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon … Continue reading New Mexico News: Navajo Man, Elvis Lee Tom from Pinedale Pleads Guilty to Assault on a Federal Officer Charge

New Mexico News: Carlsbad Man, Joaquin Hernandez Sentenced to 151 Months for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Joaquin Hernandez, 41, of Carlsbad, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 151 months in prison for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge. Hernandez will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence. He also was ordered to forfeit the $11,031 seized … Continue reading New Mexico News: Carlsbad Man, Joaquin Hernandez Sentenced to 151 Months for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Nathan Berke Sentenced to 137 Months for Federal Mail Theft, Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nathan Berke, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 137 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his conviction on drug trafficking, firearms and mail theft charges. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Inspector in Charge Melisa Llosa of … Continue reading New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Nathan Berke Sentenced to 137 Months for Federal Mail Theft, Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

New Mexico News: Kewa Pueblo Man, Jose Tenorio Sentenced to Prison for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

Defendant Prosecuted under Project Safe Childhood ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Jose Tenorio, 50, an enrolled member and resident of Kewa Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 63 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on child sexual abuse charges. Tenorio will also be required to … Continue reading New Mexico News: Kewa Pueblo Man, Jose Tenorio Sentenced to Prison for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

New Mexico News: Roswell Woman, Monica Vega Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Monica Vega, 36, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 120 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges. Vega will be on supervised release for five years after completing her prison sentence. Vega was arrested on Nov. 17, 2017, on a three-count … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Woman, Monica Vega Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

New Mexico News: Florida Man, Bruce Michael Alexander Facing Federal Sexual Assault Charge Arising Out of In-Flight Incident While Traveling from Texas to New Mexico

Defendant Charged with Abusive Sexual Contact for Allegedly Groping Fellow Passenger ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, of Tampa, Fla., made his initial appearance this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., on a criminal complaint charging him with abusive sexual contact. The charge against Alexander arose out of an in-flight incident while traveling … Continue reading New Mexico News: Florida Man, Bruce Michael Alexander Facing Federal Sexual Assault Charge Arising Out of In-Flight Incident While Traveling from Texas to New Mexico

New Mexico News: Texas Man, Justin Riley Brafford Facing Federal Charges Arising Out of In-Flight Incident Resulting in Emergency Landing in New Mexico

Defendant Charged with Intimidating and Interfering with Flight Crew and Simple Assault of Fellow Passenger ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Justin Riley Brafford, 29, of Denton, Texas, made his initial appearance this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., on a criminal complaint charging him with interfering with and intimidating members of a flight crew and flight … Continue reading New Mexico News: Texas Man, Justin Riley Brafford Facing Federal Charges Arising Out of In-Flight Incident Resulting in Emergency Landing in New Mexico

New Mexico News: Navajo Man, Eric Multine from Shiprock Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offenses, Including Discharging Weapon Near a School

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Eric Multine, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 60 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, and discharging a firearm near a school. Multine will be on supervised release for three years … Continue reading New Mexico News: Navajo Man, Eric Multine from Shiprock Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offenses, Including Discharging Weapon Near a School

New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Syndicato De Nuevo Mexico Prison Gang Associate Sentenced to 14 Years for Conviction on Racketeering and Assault Charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mauricio Varela, 48, of Silver City, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 168 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on racketeering and assault charges. Varela and his three co-defendants, David Calbert, 42, Robert Martinez, 54, and Mario Rodriguez, 33, … Continue reading New Mexico News: ALBUQUERQUE, Syndicato De Nuevo Mexico Prison Gang Associate Sentenced to 14 Years for Conviction on Racketeering and Assault Charges

New Mexico News: Farmington Man, David Dobbs Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – David Dobbs, 28, of Farmington, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to violating the federal firearms laws by being in possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Dobbs was arrested in Aug. 2018, on an indictment charging him with cocaine trafficking and … Continue reading New Mexico News: Farmington Man, David Dobbs Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

New Mexico News: Hobbs Man, Robert Pena Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Laws

Plea Agreement Recommends 15-Year Prison Sentence ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Robert Pena, 38, of Hobbs, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to violating the federal drug trafficking and firearms laws. Pena’s plea agreement recommends a prison sentence of 15 years followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by … Continue reading New Mexico News: Hobbs Man, Robert Pena Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Laws

New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Gabriel Stephens Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery and Firearms Charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gabriel Stephens, 37, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to bank robbery and firearms charges. The FBI, with assistance from the Rio Rancho Police Department, arrested Stephens in Feb. 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the Mountain America Credit Union located at 9200 Golf Course Rd. … Continue reading New Mexico News: Albuquerque Man, Gabriel Stephens Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery and Firearms Charges

New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Jeffrey Blake Vanover Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon and Drug Addict Unlawfully in Possession of Explosives

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jeffrey Blake Vanover, 53, of Roswell, N.M., pled guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to unlawfully possessing explosives. Vanover entered his guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. Vanover was arrested on April 7, 2018, on an indictment charging him with being a prohibited person in … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Jeffrey Blake Vanover Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon and Drug Addict Unlawfully in Possession of Explosives

New Mexico News: Illinois Man, Javece Lyndale Wilson Sentenced to Prison for Federal Cocaine Trafficking Conviction in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Javece Lyndale Wilson, 38, of Maywood, Ill., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 60 months in prison for his conviction on a cocaine trafficking charge. Wilson will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence. The DEA arrested Wilson in Dec. 2017, after seizing … Continue reading New Mexico News: Illinois Man, Javece Lyndale Wilson Sentenced to Prison for Federal Cocaine Trafficking Conviction in New Mexico

New Mexico News: Eddy County Woman, Stephanie Murray Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Stephanie Murray, 30, of Loving, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 41 months in prison for her conviction on narcotics trafficking charges arising out of the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. Murray will be on supervised release for three years after completing … Continue reading New Mexico News: Eddy County Woman, Stephanie Murray Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Alfonso Vazquez Charged with Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Offense

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Alfonso Vazquez, 31, of Roswell, N.M., with a methamphetamine trafficking offense. The charge arises from the distribution of approximately 56.5 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. Vazquez was remanded into custody … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Alfonso Vazquez Charged with Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Offense

New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Kory Dwayne Adams Charged with Using Interstate Communications to Threaten to Injure an Individual

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., today ordered that Kory Dwayne Adams, 35, of Roswell, N.M., remain in custody pending trial on charges of using interstate communications to threaten to injure another individual. Trial has yet to be scheduled. The FBI arrested Kory Adams on Sept. 28, 2018, for … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Kory Dwayne Adams Charged with Using Interstate Communications to Threaten to Injure an Individual