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Artesia man pleads guilty in federal court to drug trafficking


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An Artesia man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to firearms and drug trafficking charges.

Odis Levi Booher, 28, will be sentenced to 10 years in prison under terms of a plea agreement, and a period of supervised release to be determined by the federal court in Las Cruces.
Booher was arrested in November on a criminal complaint charging him with committing firearms and methamphetamine trafficking offenses in Chaves County. According to the complaint, on Nov. 10, 2016, law enforcement agents found approximately 511.2 grams of methamphetamine, a handgun and $2,205 in cash while executing search warrants on Booher and his vehicle.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, Booher pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a handgun in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Booher admitted that on Nov. 10, 2016, he possessed the methamphetamine, firearm and ammunition found inside his truck by law enforcement officers. He also acknowledged he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of a prior felony conviction for residential burglary.
Booher remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
The case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force.


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