A Roswell man pled guilty Wednesday to the unlawful possession of explosives during an appearance in federal court in Las Cruces.
Jeffrey Blake Vanover, 53, of Roswell, entered the plea of guilty without the benefit of a plea agreement, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
A sentencing hearing had not been scheduled as of Thursday, but Vanover could receive a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The release stated that Vanover was arrested April 7 on a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of explosives “because he was an unlawful drug user and addict and because he was a convicted felon.”
The arrest stemmed from a Feb. 12, 2017 incident that occurred in Chaves County.
Vanover’s past conviction included distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and commercial burglary, according to the release.
The explosives case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program composed of investigators from the Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.
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