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Man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

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A Roswell man changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on federal drug charges at a plea hearing Friday in Fifth Judicial District Court.

The change of plea by Raymond Encinias, 43, of Roswell, was part of a plea agreement reached with the Chaves County District Attorney’s office.

Judge Dustin Hunter sentenced Encinias to 10 years for trafficking a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Encinias will serve four years of that sentence in prison, with the other six years suspended.

Following his release, Encinias will be on supervised probation for five years and pay fees totaling $255.

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The fees include a $5 domestic violence treatment fee, a $100 DNA identification fee, a $75 crime victims reparation fee and a $75 substance abuse lab fee.

A separate charge of resisting, evading and obstructing a peace officer was dropped as part of the agreement.

Encinias initially pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment in February.

Speaking for the prosecution, Taylor Jaggers with the Chaves County District Attorney’s office, said although Encinias initially resisted officers, he did cooperate once in custody, where he admitted to selling methamphetamine because he needed money.

Encinias was arrested in January by agents with Chaves County Narcotics Task Force during a traffic stop in the 600 block of East Cherry Street. The stop was made based on information from an informant that Encinias was in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

During the stop, agents searched Encinias and found a clear baggie in his jacket pocket that contained a white crystalline substance. A field test later identified the substance as 22.5 grams of methamphetamine.

At one point during the stop, agents ordered Encinias to raise his hands. He instead placed his hands in his pockets.

Encinias was subsequently placed under arrest during the stop because he disobeyed and resisted orders from agents at the scene, according to a statement of probable cause.

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

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