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An Artesia man was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces for after pleading guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Eduardo Duran Jr., 36, was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

He was arrested May 6, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of meth with intent to distribute on Feb. 9, 2015, in Eddy County. According to the complaint, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force (PVDTF) executed a search warrant at a residence in Carlsbad through which they seized a large sum of cash, several packages of Suboxone, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and approximately 780 grams of meth.

On Oct. 7, 2015, Duran pleaded guilty to the charges against him, acknowledging that, on Feb. 9, 2015, he possessed the 780 grams of meth that was seized by PVDTF agents.

The PVDTF is comprised of officers with the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Artesia Police Department and Carlsbad Police Department and is part of the HIDTA Region VI Drug Task Force.

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