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Roswell woman sentenced to 10 years on drug trafficking charge


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A Roswell woman was sentenced Monday in federal court to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge in 2016.


Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney said 48-year-old Jennifer Rene Barela, of Roswell, whose criminal history includes prior felony convictions for methamphetamine trafficking, burglary, forgery and fraud, was prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.

According to a news release by the U.S. Department of Justice, Barela was arrested in December 2016, and was charged with possessing heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Otero County.

On Dec. 16, 2016, Barela was arrested at a patrol checkpoint south of Alamogordo after U.S. Border Patrol agents seized multiple drugs from her vehicle.

“(Agents seized) approximately 191.08 grams of black tar heroin, a kilogram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle in which Barela was traveling and from Barela herself,” the Department of Justice said. “On July 14, 2017, Barela pleaded guilty to a felony information charging her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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“In entering the guilty plea, Barela admitted that on Dec. 6, 2016, Border Patrol agents ordered her out of her vehicle at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 54, and discovered that Barela had approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine concealed on her person. She further admitted that she intended to deliver the methamphetamine to other individuals in exchange for money.”

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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