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Artesia felon arrested on federal firearms charges

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An Artesia man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Martin A. Madrid, 29, of Artesia entered the plea during a court appearance in Las Cruces and did so without reaching a plea agreement.

Madrid faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. He remains in custody pending sentencing that has yet to be scheduled.

Madrid was arrested May 4 on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition in Eddy County. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers responded to a missing person call April 18. During the search for the missing person, who was found in the company of Madrid, officers arrested Madrid on an outstanding warrant. Officers seized a loaded firearm and ammunition from Madrid.

Madrid was indicted July 18 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Madrid, whose prior criminal history includes felony convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, battery against a household member, extortion, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, is being prosecuted as part of federal anti-violence initiatives that target violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior convictions.

The case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Selesia L. Winston of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces branch office is prosecuting the case.

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