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Artesia man sentenced to 75 months in prison for meth trafficking, firearms charges

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An Artesia man was sentenced to 75 months in prison Thursday on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.

Timothy Caleb Martinez, 27, of Artesia was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to 75 months in prison. Martinez will also be required to be on supervised release for five years after completing his prison sentence, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Law enforcement officers found 48.73 grams of pure methamphetamine, ammunition and an unregistered short-barrel shotgun in Martinez’s residence Nov. 18, 2014 while executing a search warrant.

Martinez was charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 7, 2017 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, the release states.

Martinez pled guilty June 20 without the benefit of a plea agreement to charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of an unregistered shotgun, according to the release.

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The investigation was conducted by members of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force — composed of officers from the Artesia and Carlsbad police departments and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office — as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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