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Woman gets five years in prison for drug trafficking, firearms conviction

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A Roswell woman was sentenced to 63 months in prison in federal court Tuesday after being convicted of methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.

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According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, after 33-year-old Renee Rodriguez completes her sentencing, she will also be on supervised release for three years.

According to a criminal complaint filed in September 2015, Rodriguez and 25-year-old Joseph Vallejos, also of Roswell, were charged with conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and firearms offenses in Chaves County.

According to the complaint, Rodriguez and Vallejos sold an aggregate of 157.7 grams of methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement officers during nine separate transactions between July 2015 and Sept. 2015.

In addition, Rodriguez was also charged with brandishing a handgun during a methamphetamine transaction on July 8, 2015.

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Rodriguez and Vallejos were later charged in a nine-count indictment filed on Dec. 17, 2015.

The indictment charged Rodriguez and Vallejos with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine from July 1, 2015 through July 30, 2015.

The indictment also charged Rodriguez with distributing methamphetamine on three occasions in July 2015, and Vallejos and Rodriguez with distributing methamphetamine on four occasions in July 2015.

Rodriguez also was charged with brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime on July 8, 2015. According to the indictment, Vallejos and Rodriguez committed the nine crimes in Chaves County.

On Aug. 12, 2016, Rodriguez pled guilty to two of the distribution of methamphetamine charges and to brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

In entering the guilty plea, Rodriguez admitted that on July 8, 2015, she distributed approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer, and during that transaction she used and carried a firearm.  Rodriguez further admitted that she distributed approximately 11.9 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer on July 30, 2015.

The case was investigated by the Roswell office of the FBI and the New Mexico State Police.