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Carlsbad drug trafficker receives decade sentence; Anti-violence initiative targets repeat offender


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A Carlsbad man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison after law enforcement agents located more than 200 grams of heroin, 30 grams of crack cocaine, 100 grams of marijuana and $15,000 inside the man’s storage unit.

Sylvester Hall, 55, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 120 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his heroin and crack cocaine trafficking conviction.
Hall, described as a career offender, has a criminal history that includes at least three prior drug trafficking convictions, according to a news release from New Mexico’s U.S. Department of Justice.
Hall was prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.
Under the initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior criminal convictions for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from New Mexico communities.

Hall was arrested on March 12, 2015, on a criminal complaint that alleged heroin and crack cocaine trafficking offenses. According to the complaint, law enforcement agents located about 213.64 grams of heroin, 31.7 grams of crack cocaine, 100.7 grams of marijuana and $15,080.26 in cash inside a storage unit owned by Hall.
Hall was later indicted on July 23, 2015, and charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute. According to the indictment, the offenses were committed on Feb. 10, 2015, in Eddy County.
Hall pleaded guilty to the indictment on Nov. 10, 2016, without the benefit of a plea agreement.
This case was investigated by the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and the Carlsbad and Artesia police departments.

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