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FBI: Federal judge sentences member of New Mexico meth trafficking ring to 63 Months behind bars

June 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI: Federal judge sentences member of New Mexico meth trafficking ring to 63 Months behind bars

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A New Mexico federal district court judge sentenced 32-year-old Gary Lee Romero, of Santa Clara, on June 1st to 63 months behind bars plus four years of supervised release for his role in a meth trafficking ring.

Romero is one of twelve people charged with drug-related offenses as the result of a multi-agency probe targeting a trafficking organization headed by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, that dealt meth in Grant County, New Mexico.

The investigation was closed in 2015 with the filing of a 34-count indictment against Romero, Jacquez and nine co-conspirators, The Silver City Sun reported.

The indictment charged the 12 suspects with taking part in a drug trafficking conspiracy and performing a series of substantive drug trafficking crimes and a firearms offense.

Gary Romero (Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff’s Office

The criminal complaint indicates that the defendants intended to distribute meth in Grant County from March 2014 through April 2015.

Eight counts charged particular defendants with distributing or possession with intent to distribute meth, and 24 counts charge certain conspirators with using communications devices to facilitate drug trafficking offenses.

The indictment also charged one defendant of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Romero accepted a guilty plea in July 2016 convicting him with conspiracy in connection with his role in a meth trafficking ring and confessed to working with his co-conspirators to deal roughly 500 grams to 1.5 kilograms of meth in Silver City between Marc and April 2015.

All of Romero’s co-defendants have pleaded guilty. In April, Jacquez was sentenced to 108 months behind bars plus by four years of supervised release. Crystal Medina-Gomez, 51, was sentenced in March to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Anthony R. Davila, 26, was sentenced in February to 60 months behind bars accompanied by three years of supervised release. The remaining co-defendants are awaiting sentencing.

The probe leading to the charges was assigned as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, a national Department of Justice program that links the resources and unique expertise of federal agencies with local counterparts to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.

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