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Mexican national sentenced for meth trafficking in Eddy County

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Israel Mireles-Rivera, 35, a Mexican national unlawfully in the United States and residing in Hagerman, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces to 108 months in federal prison for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Mireles-Rivera will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

Mireles-Rivera and co-defendant Ediberto Guzman, 63, of Carlsbad, were arrested in January 2014 on a three-count indictment charging them with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses. Count 1 of the indictment charged the two men with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from February 2013 through October 2013 in Eddy and Chaves Counties. Counts 2 and 3 charged Mireles-Rivera with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being an alien illegally in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, between February and October 2013, Mireles-Rivera provided methamphetamine to Guzman on multiple occasions, and Guzman sold the methamphetamine to others, including a person who was working with law enforcement officers. It also alleged that on Oct. 17, 2013, Mireles-Rivera had more than 180 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle outside his residence and a smaller amount of methamphetamine inside his residence.

Mireles-Rivera pleaded guilty to the charges against him Jan. 16, 2015. Guzman pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count of the indictment on April 25, 2014. He was sentenced June 26, 2014, to 48 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Las Cruces Office of the DEA, the HIDTA Region VI Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, and the Carlsbad Police Department.

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