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Accused meth dealer to remain in custody pending trial

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A man accused of selling 7.4 pounds of methamphetamine in Chaves County will remain detained pending trial, according to documents filed Monday in federal court.

Angel Gomez-Suarez, who is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, appeared at a detention hearing in United States District Court for the District of New Mexico in Las Cruces Monday, and will remain detained at in a correctional facility until his trial, documents state.

Gomez-Suarez was ordered held because it was determined no condition or combination of conditions of release can reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community, or that he will appear in court as required.

The strength of the evidence that exists against the defendant, the length of his possible sentence if convicted, prior criminal history, use of aliases or false documents, lack of legal status in the U.S. and unverified background information, were also reasons for his continued detention.

If convicted, Gomez-Suarez faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

The criminal charge against Gomez-Suarez came after his Aug. 13 arrest for selling 3,373.2 grams, or 7.4 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency during a series of undercover buys between May 2 and July 14, 2019, according to documents.

Gomez-Suarez was identified as a “multi-kilogram methamphetamine trafficker” during an investigation initiated in April by agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency out of Las Cruces and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.

An undercover agent with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force began to purchase pound quantities of methamphetamine from Gomez-Suarez in May.

Five of the six buys took place at the Allsups at 6000 N. Main St. in Roswell, while the second of the six buys happened at Adult Video at 7143 Roswell Highway in Artesia, documents state.

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