A grand jury has convicted a Roswell man of federal drug trafficking and firearms charges following a trial in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.
Jose Velarde-Pavia, 37, of Roswell, was found guilty Aug. 28 on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
Velarde-Pavia remains in custody and will be sentenced at a later date, the release states. He could face 10 to 40 years in prison on the methamphetamine charge and a consecutive sentence of five years for the firearms charge.
The charges against Velarde-Pavia stem from a June 11, 2018 incident, when law enforcement officers with the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force spotted Velarde-Pavia driving a pickup truck in Roswell. Agents who had a warrant to search Velarde-Pavia and his vehicle then initiated a stop of the vehicle.
When the vehicle was searched, agents found at least 50 grams of methamphetamine and two pistols with ammunition. Evidence presented to the jury at trial proved Velarde-Pavia had the drugs and firearms in his possession in violation of federal law.
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