A U.S. Magistrate Court in Las Cruces Tuesday found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging a Roswell man with a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
The charge against Alfonso Vazquez, 31, stems from an incident involving the distribution of approximately 5.6 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Aug. 10 in Chaves County, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
Vazquez has been remanded into custody pending trial. No trial has yet been scheduled.
If convicted of the trafficking charge, Vazquez would face a minimum statutory penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison, the release states.
The case was investigated as part the High Intensity Drugs Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Chaves County Metro Task Force, which consists of investigators from the Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.
The Las Cruces offices of ATF, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security Investigations also took part in the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
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