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Sammie Joe Peralta, 39, of Artesia, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to 84 months in prison for a methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Peralta will be on supervised release for four years after completing his term of incarceration.

Peralta was arrested May 8 on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Eddy County on Jan. 20. On that day, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force and the Probation and Parole Division of the New Mexico Corrections Department executed a search warrant on Peralta’s vehicle and seized approximately 280.84 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded handgun.

Court records reflect that in January, Peralta had an active bench warrant for his arrest for absconding from supervision.

On Aug. 17, Peralta pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In entering his guilty plea, Peralta admitted that on Jan. 20, he had an active bench warrant for his arrest for absconding from supervision.

Peralta also admitted that on that day, a probation officer discovered the methamphetamine, which he intended to distribute to others, and a handgun in his vehicle.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces Office of the DEA, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force and the Probation and Parole Division of the New Mexico Corrections Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Selesia Lee Winston 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, Artesia Police Department and Carlsbad Police Department and is part of the HIDTA Region VI Drug Task Force.