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Jacob J. Loredo, 29, of Carlsbad, was sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to 87 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for violating federal firearms and drug trafficking laws.

Loredo was arrested Feb. 19 and charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Eddy County. According to the complaint, on that day, agents with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Loredo’s residence and vehicle in which they seized ammunition, two firearms, $4,995 in cash, methamphetamine, scales, and other drug paraphernalia

According to court documents, at the time, Loredo was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of possession of cocaine, a felony offense.

On June 2, Loredo pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Loredo admitted that on Feb. 19, law enforcement officers recovered methamphetamine and two firearms from his residence in Carlsbad.

Loredo further admitted he had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance in December 2008 and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

As required by the terms of his plea agreement, Loredo was ordered to forfeit the $4,995 seized from this residence as well as the firearms and ammunition.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces Office of the DEA and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander B. Shapiro of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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