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Man sentenced to 20 years on drug trafficking charges

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A man who was allegedly part of a local drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to federal prison.

Jerry Twaddle, 40, of Carlsbad was sentenced to 20 years in prison Sept. 9, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department.

The sentence came after Twaddle was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 6, 2019 on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, using a communication facility to further a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, the release states.

Following completion of his prison term, Twaddle will be subject to five years of supervised release.

Twaddle was one of 10 people who were members of a drug trafficking organization that sought to distribute methamphetamine in Chaves and Eddy counties between May and October 2017.

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According to the press release, Twaddle was arrested and charged on Sept. 7, 2017, following an attempted traffic stop by police.

Twaddle then allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit reaching speeds of up to 140 mph.

During the chase, the press release states, Twaddle threw approximately 2 pounds of methamphetamine from his vehicle, which law enforcement was able to recover along the route.

Twaddle was arrested and the pursuit halted after one of the tires on his vehicle became shredded.

Local and federal agencies who participated in the investigation, according to the release, were the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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