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Man sentenced on drug trafficking charge

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One of two men accused of trafficking as much as $100,000 in methamphetamine has received a 13-year sentence.

George Clinton Mcanelly III (Submitted Photo)

Judge Dustin K. Hunter accepted the recommendation of the District Attorney’s Office in sentencing George Clinton Mcanelly III, 38, of Las Vegas, Nevada, to 13 years on one count of trafficking controlled substances by possession with intent to distribute, according to court documents.

Mcanelly will serve nine years at the New Mexico Department of Corrections with the remaining four years suspended following the sentence handed down Wednesday in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Once released, Mcanelly can return to his home state to serve out his term of supervised probation. Hunter rejected a proposal put forth by the defense for a five-year sentence.

In March, according to court records, Mcanelly changed his initial plea of not guilty to one of no contest on one count of trafficking a controlled substance by possession with intent to distribute, as part of a plea and disposition agreement. As part of the agreement, a second criminal count of conspiracy to commit trafficking by possession with intent to distribute was dismissed.

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Mcanelly and another man from Las Vegas, Jesus Munoz-Flores, 24, were arrested in Roswell Sept. 25, 2019 after they were allegedly found with 12.1 pounds of methamphetamine at a 3500 block of North Main Street motel.

A desk manager informed police the men appeared to be under the influence of narcotics when they entered the lobby and asked for keys to room 125.

Curious as to why the men wanted to access the room, court documents state the desk manager went to the room and found nine suspicious packages containing what appeared to be narcotics.

Police were called and the nine packages — weighing a total of 10.7 pounds — tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Another package weighing 597.9 grams, or 1.3 pounds, which also tested positive for methamphetamine, was found inside a vehicle Munoz-Flores was in at the time of his arrest.

In all, court documents state, the total street value of the methamphetamine was between $65,000 and $100,000, depending on the supplier.

Both men left the motel before police arrived, but were arrested when they returned. Mcanelly was apprehended while walking toward room 125 and Munoz-Flores was spotted by motel staff sitting in a vehicle in the motel parking lot.

Electronic court documents state that in March, Munoz-Flores was given a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit trafficking controlled substances as part of a plea agreement.

As part of the agreement with Munoz-Flores, one other count of trafficking controlled substances by possession with intent to distribute was dismissed.

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

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