A man will spend seven years in prison after pleading no contest at a change of plea hearing in Fifth Judicial District Court Monday to charges of trafficking a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm or destructive device.
Christian Analla, 26, of Roswell, had an additional six years suspended from his sentence related to the trafficking charge. Upon completion of his sentence, he will be on supervised parole for five years, according to documents from the Fifth Judicial District Court.
Analla was also sentenced to two years and six months on a felon in possession of a firearm charge. The term for the firearm charge will be served concurrently — or at the same time — as the seven-year sentence for trafficking, court documents state.
The plea and sentence were part of a plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense. In New Mexico, a no contest plea is the equivalent of a guilty plea.
The charges stem from a March 19 encounter Analla had with police at a business in the 4500 block of North Main Street, when police attempted to execute an outstanding arrest warrant against him for failure to appear, according to an affidavit filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
Analla was placed under arrest and when police began to search him, a firearm was discovered in Analla’s waistband, according to the affidavit.
The arresting officer then asked Analla if there was anything else he had on his person. Analla told him that he had a knife.
After he was read his Miranda Rights, Analla was asked if he was a felon. He said that he was, according to the affidavit.
Analla was then escorted to a marked patrol unit. The officer conducted another search of Analla, who asked the officer if they “could work a deal,” and said he had something else on his person, the affidavit states.
The officer asked Analla what he had, but Analla said they had to “make a deal first.” The officer then told Analla he was under arrest and officers would find the object while searching him.
Analla then told the officer he had “dope” in the left pocket of his sweatpants, according to the affidavit.
The officer found two clear bags containing a white crystalline substance. Both bags were later tested at the police department and identified as methamphetamine, with both bags weighing in at a combined 37.2 grams.
In a later interview with an agent of the department’s Special Investigative Division, Analla admitted he sold meth for $400 an ounce and $185 for a half an ounce. He added that he had a firearm in his possession for his safety due to threats from an unidentified person or persons, according to the affidavit.
A criminal history inquiry was conducted on Analla and it was discovered that he is a felon.
Court documents state Analla was convicted of forgery in 2012 and possession of a controlled substance in 2015, both felonies.
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