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Carlsbad man sentenced on federal meth trafficking charges


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A 38-year-old Carlsbad man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces to 87 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Jason R. Cunningham was arrested on Oct. 4, 2017 on an indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on Sept. 27, 2016 in Eddy County. Cunningham entered a guilty plea to the indictment on Dec. 7, 2017, without the benefit of a plea agreement, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to a court filing, Cunningham was a well-known narcotics trafficker in the Carlsbad area and a self-admitted street-level dealer. He reportedly played a vital role in furthering drug trafficking operations in Carlsbad by directing others in selling drugs after obtaining large quantities of methamphetamine, which he broke down into smaller amounts for further distribution.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Clara N. Cobos and Renee L. Camacho.

The Pecos Valley Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Carlsbad Police Department and Artesia Police Department.

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