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Man sentenced to 5-year prison term

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A Mexican man living in the United States illegally after having been deported was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 60 months in prison for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and illegal re-entry charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Rogelio Delgado, 25, of Roswell, will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

Delgado was arrested on Nov. 17, 2016, on charges of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement officers seized 4.05 pounds of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition during a search of Delgado’s residence in Roswell on Nov. 16, 2016.

On April 14, Delgado pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and re-entry of a removed alien. Delgado admitted that on Nov. 16, 2016, law enforcement officers found about 1.8 kilograms of methamphetamine in his residence while executing a search warrant, and he acknowledged that it was his intention to sell the drugs to others.

Delgado also admitted he was a citizen of Mexico without any legal right to be present in the United States and previously had been removed from the United States on June 13, 2013.

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.