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A Roswell man was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces Monday to five years in prison on methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Eric J.D. Contreras, 33, of Roswell, will also serve four years supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence, according to a release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force agents on Nov. 29, 2017 discovered methamphetamine in his vehicle’s engine compartment, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Contreras and in his vehicle while executing a state search warrant.

He was indicted April 18 on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm, the release states.

Previous felony convictions for possession of an unregistered firearm made from a shotgun and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition prohibited Contreras from possessing a firearm and ammunition, according to the release.

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Contreras pled guilty June 19 to charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The case was investigated by the Task Force – compromised of investigators from the Chaves County Sheriffs Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI – as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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