Published: 1:00 pm, Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016Updated: 2:17 pm
A Dexter man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces to violating federal firearms laws and possession of contraband in prison.
Richard Gonzales, 30, was arrested in February on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possessing contraband in prison. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers found Gonzales, who is a convicted felon, in possession of a firearm and ammunition Nov. 5, 2015, during a routine traffic stop.
On Nov. 23, 2015, corrections officers at the Chaves County Detention Center recovered 14.6 grams of methamphetamine from Gonzales during a strip search after he returned to the center following his initial appearance in federal court in Roswell.
At sentencing, Gonzales faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison followed by up to three years of supervised release. He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
The case was investigated by the Las Cruces Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force, and the Roswell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred J. Perez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the case.